- Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has once again cautioned South Africans that load-shedding will be around for at least two years
- While many citizens may feel frustrated at the inconvenience, the outages are a vital part of the restoration process
- Commenting on the current situation at the state-owned entity, the CEO revealed the system is unreliable
Eskom is in dire need of drastic changes, but this is something that can only be achieved with time.
Briefly.co.za reported that Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter previously warned load-shedding will be around for at least two more years in order to get the utility stabilised.
De Ruyter reiterated this statement during a press briefing on Friday after the implementation of Stage 2 load-shedding:
“Our system is constrained. It's unreliable and it's unpredictable, it is prone to unplanned outages and breakdown. We are extremely scrupulous when it comes to the imposition of load-shedding. It's not a decision we take lightly. I'm personally involved in every decision to impose load-shedding. It's very regrettable for us to have to do this to SA."
The CEO says that this increase in load-shedding is totally unavoidable, however unpleasant:
“We will, unfortunately, have to expect some increase in load-shedding. We are going to have to do this in a structured and carefully managed way.”
De Ruyter revealed the utility had changed its philosophy around planned maintenance and this would further affect the nation with an increase in outages.
TimesLIVE reports that Stage 2 load-shedding will be in place until Monday, with generation capacity affecting the supply. Three large units are set to undergo maintenance on Friday.
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