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Electricity minister says load shedding won’t be normalised amid public anger

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In a move seen as a bid to quell public anger, Minister of Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has apologised to South Africans for Stage 6 load shedding.
Ramokgopa and Eskom executives provided feedback on the reasons for the ramped-up power cuts, set to be scaled down next week.

The Minister has expressed concern over the impact of Stage 6 has on businesses and ordinary South Africans, saying it is extreme.

 

The embattled power utility cracked up the blackouts at 12pm, citing the shortage of generation capacity and the need to replenish the organisation’s emergency reserves as reasons for the move.

In a statement, Eskom says the unplanned outages are currently at 15 901MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 822MW.

The Minister says Stage 6 is an extraordinary event that is unwelcomed as it undermines the economic challenges of the country.
Ramokgopa has assured South Africans that Eskom will initiate interventions in the coming days to ensure that there was an energy buffer for the next two weeks.
This excessive level of load shedding comes a day after the Minister confirmed that South Africans will not be spared from blackouts this festive season – albeit at lower levels.
Crippling power cuts have devastated the country’s economy and disrupted the daily lives of South Africans, who’ll likely have to brace themselves for a dark December.
Some of them have taken to social media to voice their dissatisfaction over the current state of affairs.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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