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Power crisis in South Africa worsens

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 18, 2019
South Africa's power crisis worsened on Thursday as massive power blackouts continued for the second day, seriously affecting economic activities and people's lives.
Africa   Eskom
This came despite President Cyril Ramaphosa's repeated pledge to turn around the debt-ridden utility haunted by poor management and alleged corruption. The government has forked out billions of rand to bailout the cash-strapped utility, but with little effect.

Topics: Power South Africa

Eskom regrets the inconvenience and customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during this period, the state-run Parastatal said.

"Since the media briefing last night, we have had a major setback as we have lost additional capacity from Medupi power station," Eskom said.

"As articulated, our prognosis was based on the state of the system and availability as at 17:00. Late last night, we lost Medupi 3, 4 and 5 due to coal and ash handling issues.

"This is in addition to the conveyer belt that failed on Saturday 12 October at the Power Station. This means that the power system has deteriorated further creating an additional shortage of about generation capacity of 1 500MW.

"As a result we will regrettably maintain Stage 2 loadshedding for the greater part of today.

"We understand the negative impact this will have on our customers, in particular our matriculants who are writing exams this morning. In order to lessen the disruption on exams, will be implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 9:00 until 12:00 midday and thereafter revert to Stage 2 loadshedding until 23:00.

"We apologise unreservedly to our customers and South Africans for the short notification. We will keep South Africans informed about the status and our recovery efforts throughout this period," Eskom said.