Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday

Cheryl Sanders
December 12, 2019

South Africa's mining industry is a pillar of the economy despite its contribution to gross domestic product declining in recent years.

This Monday, the South Africa power utility, Eskom announced that it will increase its load shedding from stage four to stage six as from 18:00hrs on Monday 9 December 2019. He said that the devastating effects of load shedding on our economy, on jobs and the general livelihood of people is a situation that is untenable. "The energy challenges in this country will not be resolved overnight".

South Africa's cash-strapped state-owned companies have been a major headache for Ramaphosa who came to power almost two years ago vowing to reverse years of mismanagement and economic stagnation.

Ramaphosa says some at Eskom will need to work throughout the holidays.

Credit rating agency Moody's has said Eskom's troubles endanger South Africa's only surviving investment-grade rating.

Ramaphosa supports Mantashe's move to fast-track renewable energy projects by independent power producers, Diko explains.

But a ministry spokesman said that any measures would require approval from the electricity regulator, and there was not yet a timeframe for when the measures would be implemented.

Cape Town - Electricity company Eskom said it was implementing Stage 2 load shedding until 11 pm on Wednesday as capacity remained constraint, albeit at a lesser level than earlier in the week, adding that the probability for further rolling blackouts remained high for the rest of the week.

"We have made good progress in the system recovery largely as a result of several units being returned to service and the recovery from localised flooding at our power stations", the company said in a statement.

Impala Platinum, which on Tuesday said its losses due to the power cuts had amounted to 120 million rand, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As a result, Petra restarted its mining operations with a 20-percent load curtailment, in line with requirements. One coal mine and three power stations had flooded, he said.

"Rather than starting to warn the public of a constrained network at around 10 000 MW unplanned outages, Eskom should be compelled to constantly keep the public informed about the exact status of its power network".

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