Load Shedding: Eskom in Hot Water with Jo’burg, City Threatens Legal Action

Load Shedding: Eskom in Hot Water with Jo’burg, City Threatens Legal Action

  • The City of Johannesburg might take legal action against Eskom following the reinstatement of load shedding
  • Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane flat out rejected the schedule of rolling blackouts
  • Moerane claimed that the privately-owned Kelvin power station exempted the city from load shedding stages 1 and 2

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JOHANNESBURG - Following the reintroduction of load shedding, the City of Johannesburg is deliberating over whether or not it should take Eskom to court.

Stage 2 load shedding had been implemented and will come into effect on Monday.

Load Shedding, Eskom, Johannesburg, Legal Action
The City of Johannesburg is prepared to take Eskom to court to keep the lights on. Photo credit: Nico Roets/Flickr
Source: UGC

eNCA reported that Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane flat out rejected the schedule of rolling blackouts.

Moerane pointed out that the privately-owned Kelvin power station provides the city with an additional 220MW and therefore is exempt from stages 1 and 2 of load shedding according to News24.

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Cape Town also has a power station that severs the city, the Steenbras pumped storage scheme which allows the city to keep the lights on longer, effectively staying one stage lower than the rest of the country.

We can expect load shedding for the next 5 years, says expert

Since the reimplementation of load shedding Stage 2 until Thursday, South Africans are being reminded that they might have to get used to load shedding for years to come.

Eskom stated that load shedding was being implemented because the power utility is having trouble with recovering from several breakdowns.

Energy expert Ted Blom told EWN that Eskom's current CEO Andre de Ruyter is to blame for the current state of the power utility. Blom says that De Ruyter had made the commitment to put an end to load shedding by refurbishing power stations but has failed to deliver.

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Instead, De Ruyter went back on his word earlier this year by saying that money will not be spent on refurbishments but would rather use that money to invest in renewable energy.

Loadshedding: Ramaphosa promises there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Eskom

Briefly News previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that the challenges that Eskom faces will be overcome in the future.

Despite the endless darkness accompanied by load shedding, Ramaphosa said that there was light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered power producer. Ramaphosa was addressing potential voters while he campaigned in the North West for the African National Congress, according to eNCA.

News24 reported that Eskom revealed that it had lost a large amount of its capacity to produce electricity and had been forced to reinstate Stage 2 load shedding.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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