- Eskom implemented the highest level of load-shedding over the weekend due to a shortage of generating capacity and emergency reserve needs
- Eskom blamed the power crisis on the heatwave, causing increased demand for air conditioning and fans
- South Africans voiced their frustration, questioning Eskom's explanation and alleging a lack of accountability
JOHANNESBURG - Eskom announced the rolling out of Stage 6 load-shedding from Friday until 5 am on Monday.
Generating units loss
The power utility cited a severe shortage of generating capacity and the necessity to replenish emergency reserves.
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Heatwave intensifies loadshedding
Bheki Nxumalo, the head of generation at Eskom, said during a media briefing on Friday that increased load-shedding can also be attributed to the heatwave.
According to IOL, Nxumalo added that increased demand for air conditioning and fans during the sweltering conditions has added strain to the compromised power infrastructure.
Nxumalo stated that Eskom teams are working around the clock to ensure that generating units are returned to service as soon as possible.
Public scepticism and frustration
Despite Eskom's explanation, South Africans express their scepticism and frustration on social media.
See some comments below:
"Should the ANC remain in power after the elections, the blame will be entirely on us."
"If the coal is not wet it’s the heat."
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"They never run out of excuses."
"In winter coal it’s wet and in summer coal it’s hot. Entlek what do you want Eskom it seems like you don’t even know how to fix the loadshedding crisis."
"Guys don’t complain VOTE."
South Africans share tips to survive heatwave
In a related article, Briefly News reported that the heatwave is tearing through some parts of the country. The South African Weather Service warned residents to avoid the sun as much as possible.
Netizens shared some helpful tips on how residents can stay hydrated and be compassionate for each other.
Source: Briefly News