Plan for loadshedding as cold front hits

By Tom Head for The South African

One of the top energy experts in South Africa has Tweeted an ominous 15-word warning for the country, forecasting a very tense period for Eskom in the days to come. On top of the Level 4 restrictions and the aftermath of widespread looting, load shedding may soon make an unwelcome return.

Ted Blom is something of an oracle when it comes to all things Eskom. His usually scathing takes on the load shedding situation never seem to be far from the mark, and when he says there’s a problem, it really is time to listen:

“Electricity supply going to be VERY tight again this week – plan for possible load shedding”

South Africa has been burdened by load shedding in 2021, as rolling blackouts became as bothersome as the pandemic itself. Businesses, already crippled by lockdown and illnesses, have also had to contend with one of Eskom’s worst years on record. For the past month or so, the situation has been relatively serene – but that’s likely to change soon.

Freezing cold conditions are set to blast the country this week, and that poses some severe operational challenges to the utility. On Monday, regions in Limpopo, North West, Gauteng and Free State have been hit by load reduction schedules – signalling that a national plan of action may have to take place soon.

There have been no outages since the middle of June, but it remains to be seen just how severe a potential new period of load shedding could be. For now, the experts are warning citizens to “plan for the worst”.

 

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