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Constant rolling blackouts hemorrhaging economy

In the wake of Eskom’s stage 2 rolling blackouts on Friday caused by an increase in plant breakdowns exceeding 3 000MW capacity, Democratic Alliance’s (DA) said the Power Utility’s constant loadshedding is another death blow to South African hemorrhaging economy.

Eskom has warned the constrained supply may persist throughout the weekend.

To avoid constant blackouts, DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia said his party has a plan to split the power utility into two entities, with a view to partial or full privatization, and to bring independent power producers on board for a desired direction.

“Not only will the economy, small businesses, have to contend with the debilitating consequences of the ANC’s economic lockdown, they will now also have to weather the storm of the rolling blackouts.

It is miraculous that any business survives this ANC government.

“Just as businesses pick up the pieces after the disastrous economic lockdown, power cuts is yet another blow,” added Cachalia.

Eskom said it took five generation units off the grid on Thursday night and Friday morning.

A breakdown at the Matimba Power Station in Lephalale, Limpopo has resulted in the need for loadshedding.

The Power Utility said it also removed two units at the Arnot Power Station, and a unit each at Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba in Mpumalanga off the grid on Thursday night and Friday morning.

“The delayed return to service of a generation unit at the Duvha Power Station also in Mpumalanga has also added significant pressure to the generation system,” said Eskom.


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