The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released its annual statistics on power generation for 2021. The report paints a bleak picture of Eskom power plants’ reliability. It further says breakdowns have increased substantially since 2018.
While South Africans should not accept rolling blackouts, we might as well get used to them.
The CSIR’s annual statistics on power generation for 2021 revealed that there were more blackouts in 2021 than ever before.
CSIR researcher Warrick Pierce says that the situation will have to stabilise first before it gets better.
“It’s not particularly positive because we’re still on a downward trend in terms of the energy availability factor. So I think the short answer is things will first need to stabilise before it improves,” he said.
“So we as a country shouldn’t accept load-shedding, we should get used to it for a couple more years.
“And unfortunately anything that works in the electricity supply industry so power plants take a long lead time.
“So even if you had a magic wand right now it would still take time to turn around.”