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South Africa Sees Light at the End of the Loadshedding Tunnel

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Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, the Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, has declared the end of loadshedding is “within touching distance.” This hopeful message comes on the heels of the national power utility, Eskom, attaining an admirable Energy Availability Factor (EAF) of 65.5% on Wednesday, a figure last seen in 2021.

Sharing his optimism on Eskom’s Facebook page, Dr Ramokgopa spotlighted this achievement as a telling sign of the strides being made towards eradicating the energy deficit plaguing the nation. He elucidated, “[This] marks a significant milestone in resolving the energy deficit [load shedding] in the country. Eskom’s accomplishment in reaching an EAF of 65.5% affirms the fruitfulness of the audacious maintenance-driven recovery initiative, despite the inherent short-term sacrifices for the promise of long-term benefits.”

He further noted that this heightened EAF not only corroborates the effectiveness of Eskom’s fleet but heralds the closing chapters in the book of load shedding. “With the proven success of this performance, the focus now shifts to maintaining and enhancing it,” he stated. The reintroduction of substantial capacity with the return of Medupi Unit 4, Koeberg Unit 2, and the synchronisation of Kusile Unit 6, expected to collectively add 2580MW to the grid within six months, is a vital step forward.

Dr Ramokgopa also outlined the government’s proactive measures in ramping up energy security, including the facilitation of private sector-driven new generation capacity and the anticipated completion of a 6000MW rooftop solar roll-out by year-end. These initiatives underscore a comprehensive strategy aimed at achieving energy autonomy for South Africa.

Echoing the Minister’s enthusiasm, Eskom’s social media update on X conveyed the utility’s continued progress, with a noteworthy 35 days of uninterrupted service. “We are now 35 days into the suspension of load shedding, thanks to our team’s sustained and deliberate efforts,” Eskom celebrated. This achievement is underscored by a reduction in unplanned outages, with the Unplanned Capacity Loss Factor (UCLF) now at just over 10,000MW, illustrating a decisive advance in Eskom’s Generation Operational Recovery Plan.

a - South African power utility Eskom secured a legal victory over Letsemeng Local Municipality in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week.


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