The new rules are an improvement, but proper implementation is vital, writes Murray Hunter and Cherese Thakur.
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While Eskom is on track to meet its immediate maintenance needs, the drop in electricity demand that came with the lockdown has been a lost opportunity for the utility to get to grips with its long-term maintenance needs, spokesperson Sikhonathi Mantshantsha told Fin24.
SA's electricity system still remains constrained and vulnerable.
Eskom is not expecting load shedding on Tuesday, the power utility has said.
The company's share price hit levels last seen in 2012.
In 2016, a drone crashed into the Koeberg Power Station site.
Security guards had to whip out their flashlights to assist court attendees at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court as the building was plunged into darkness during load shedding.
SA's outlook for job seekers is still at its lowest in five years, according to a survey among 750 employers – but while ongoing load shedding is taking its toll on the economy, it's also sparking job creation in the alternative power generation sector.
Food and beverage company AVI battled with a tough trading environment and load shedding which cost its headline earnings.
Eskom Holdings warned that its maintenance plan must be supported by the government or South Africa can expect regular blackouts from power cuts of 8 000 megawatts by mid-2021, a move that would cripple the economy.
Load shedding could be implemented at short notice if there is a change in the generation system's performance.
Eskom says it does not expect to implement load shedding during the coronavirus national lockdown.
The cash-strapped utility warned it may be forced to implement cuts at short notice should SA's system performance deteriorate.
The utility says it experienced a "major incident" at one of its key IT data centres on Wednesday.
An internal memo reveals that the utility will have a shortage of 8 891.4 MW to meet Thursday's peak afternoon demand.
Safety is not affected – but the national grid is.
Suffering from a COVID-19 infection in the heart of winter in a confined home at the margins that has been made dark and cold by failing electricity supply is a hellish scenario that no one in any household in our country should have to face, writes Heinrich Cyril Volmink.
The state-owned power utility said stage 4 load shedding will continue until late on Tuesday night, with a brief drop to Stage 2 on Wednesday morning - after which stage 4 will resume.
The power utility says the likelihood remains high that it may have to implement
loadshedding at short notice today because of increased breakdowns.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is open to the idea of selling some of Eskom’s power stations to private companies to run.
Sentiment in South Africa’s manufacturing industry fell to the lowest level in more than a decade in February.
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