Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Load shedding to affect water availability in Pretoria

Eskom warns that load shedding stage 4 will continue for the next few days Is stage 5 and 6 load shedding a reality?
Leonard Rios | 20 March, 2019, 08:44

Eskom said on Tuesday night that it would continue with Stage 4 load shedding on Wednesday.

The country is so dependent on electricity imports from neighbouring states that a loss of 1 100 megawatts from Mozambique forced Eskom to implement this phase.

Pumped storage dams are low.

In addition to these problems, the new Medupi and Kusile power stations have not been performing optimally and their units, which are commercially operational, have been subject to a number of trips and breakdowns.

- Jan Oberholzer, Eskom COOToday we will travel to see what the damage on the other line is.

"The reality is that we now have a plant that is falling [over] owing to [poor] maintenance", Mabuza said.

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"It would take just two consecutive days of stage 4 load shedding at two of its most sensitive pumping stations to lead to a water shortage, Gauteng's bulk water supplier", he said. "The question has to be, what was that money spent on?"

"We understand the frustration", Mr Gordhan added, conceding that he had no idea when a full service would be restored.

A number of plans and programmes are in place to assist Eskom in addressing the problem.

South Africans looking for signs of an end to the latest round of power cuts were left disappointed after the minister responsible for power utility Eskom said he doesn't have answers yet. "At the end of the day we don't want to get to a scenario where we go beyond stage four", the minister said.

Some businesses say that if the situation doesn't change soon they will need to close, putting workers on the street.

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