- Eskom's problems are far from solved and the nation should brace itself for more issues
- The power utility's CEO Andre de Ruyter has warned of more load-shedding in the near future
- With the state-owned entity attempting to get back on track, dé Ruyter wants Mzansi prepared for the bumpy road to renewal ahead
The country has been warned to brace itself for continued load-shedding as Eskom attempts to repair its operational issues.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter admitted it is difficult to commit to a definite timeline for the outages, commenting on the situation at hand:
"It's difficult for me to commit to a timeline... we certainly are working on a very well developed program, we are going to the board next week to get approval and once that is done we'll be able to start our communication process."
While the dark road ahead is set to be riddled with challenges, the new boss gave citizens an estimate:
"But we do expect that there'll be a period of 18 to 24 months when there'll be some form of interruption in supply in order for us to rebuild capacity and keep South Africa consistently supplies with electricity."
eNCA reports that a recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research report dubbed last year's power outages the worst to date.
Briefly.co.za reported that the unprecedented implementation of Stage 6 load-shedding had forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut a working visit to Egypt short.
The nation's leader had held an emergency meeting with Minister Pravin Gordhan, Minister Gwede Mantashe and Eskom's former chair Jabu Mabuza.
During a media briefing following the meeting, Ramaphosa vowed that the outages would be kept at bay, but this was a promise apparently made to be broken.
Load-shedding returned sooner than planned, prompting Mabuza to resign in the wake of immense criticism levied against Ramaphosa.
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