SA to experience blackouts over ageing power plants, Eskom says

SA to experience blackouts over ageing power plants, Eskom says

- Eskom has warned that there could be load-shedding this week

- This came after promises that there would be no power cuts in the coming weeks

- New revelations about ageing power plants which will have to be shut down have also raised concerns about the security of the country's power supply over the next 10 years

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While it has not yet been confirmed, Eskom says there is a high chance of load-shedding this week.

This is despite the promises made by Pravin Gordhan and other government officials that there would be no power outages over the next several weeks.

Eskom says that cold weather across the country this week will lead to an increase in electricity demand, which could result in power cuts.

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Additionally, the power utility has reportedly discussed the possibility of implementing stage 5 and 6 load-shedding, which would be a considerable increase from the stage 4 load-shedding which has become the norm in recent weeks.

Compounding these power failures fears is the recent revelation that Eskom will soon be forced to implement its harshest blackouts yet after it shuts down multiple aging power plants, according to eNCA.

This means that the country's energy woes will only get worse over the next 10 years.

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To address these energy shortages, Eskom has said they will pursue measures such as purchasing more power from independant producers and seeking out investors to finance new plants. 

Additionally, the power utility says its short-term strategy is to minimise load-shedding by attending to infrastructure in need of maintenance and by stockpiling diesel, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Cyril Ramaphosa's longer-term plans to reforms Eskom, however, continue to face obstruction from groups such as several trade unions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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