There’s a high probability of loadshedding for 48 weeks between now and April next year.
That’s according to Energy Analyst Ted Blom.
He has accused Eskom of not being honest with South Africans by making its maintenance schedule public.
Blom comments come after an Eskom media briefing where it was announced that the country could experience more than 60 days of loadshedding.
In it’s response Eskom reiterated that loadshedding will remain elevated until gaps in its generation capacity are filled.
Residents and business owners are finding alternatives to keep the lights on.
This can be costly forcing some businesses to pass on the cost to consumers.
One business has 25 litres of diesel and 2 generators on standby should the lights go off abruptly.
A mandatory requirement to prevent losses and throwing out any stock.
Cotton Lounge owner, Xolisile Guqaza says: “We have to refuel the generators and diesel is always going up. We have also had to beef up our security because people walk out once it gets dark. Be that as it may we continue to do business.”
Recently South Africans have been in the dark after Eskom implemented various stages of black outs.
Some residents have found other non-commercial alternatives.
Dominique De Gouveia says: “We have set up an inverter which kicks in when the power goes out. And we are not aware when loadshedding hits us. We can’t use things that heat up, we have to conserve battery life.”
So far Eskom has announced plans to cut the power based on energy generating capacity.
Energy expert, Ted Blom accuses Eskom of being dishonest about the stages of load shedding and it’s generation capacity.
An allegation Eskom has denied.
The power utility says its long standing supply deficit will only worsen if government fails to procure at least 3 000 MW.
Blom says he managed to get hold of the loadshedding schedule for next year: “From what I have seen, it shows that there’s a high probability of loadshedding for 48 weeks. That means less than five weeks with no loadshedding.”
Blom says transparency will enable South Africans to find long term solutions to the energy supply.
He claims the energy utility has degenerated the country’s economy from an emerging one to that of a third world country.
One where high unemployment and a stagnant economy are the order of the day.
Eskom says it made government aware of a 6 000 MW generation capacity shortfall as early as 2019
Source: SABC News (sabcnews.com)