Explainer: Why load-shedding will be making a comeback in August

Explainer: Why load-shedding will be making a comeback in August

- Eskom has admitted that it is struggling to meet energy demands, but has said that load-shedding is not on the horizon

- However, some analysts have predicted that load-shedding may return in August

- This comes as the Kusile power plant is struggling, among other issues

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Several experts have warned that load-shedding may return before the end of August.

This is because energy generation remains a major issue for Eskom, as the SOE has still not addressed several significant problems at some of its new plants.

Additionally, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan himself promised several months ago that there would be no load-shedding until August, but did not say what would happen after that.

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Adding to Eskom's woes is the current situation at its Kusile plant, one of its newer stations. Currently, not one of its six 800MW generator units is producing usable power, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

Similarly, the Medupi power plant is also not yet fully functional. One of its units is still under commissioning, while construction on another has not yet been completed. These plants were initially meant to be fully up and running in 2013. 

Eskom itself has confirmed that they are "struggling to meet demand", according to The South African. Wile the SOE has said that load-shedding is on the cards, one analyst, Peter Attard Montalto, says that there is actually a "very strong risk of load-shedding coming up at the end of August".

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South Africa was last hit by severe load-shedding in March, which left many areas without power for hours at a time and cost the economy billions of Rands.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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