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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter is pictured in profile during a media briefing.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter is pictured in profile during a media briefing.

As the country stares down possible Stage 2 and 3 load shedding for the next two years, a plan to turn around Eskom's plant performance is not offering many new solutions, but a sizeable influx of private power may help to ease the pain.

Speaking at a media briefing on Sunday, Eskom board chair, Mpho Makwana, said a plant performance recovery plan is in the final stages of being approved.

The plan aims to improve the Eskom coal fleet's Energy Availability Factor (EAF) to a "desirable level" in two years. While the global norm is an EAF of 86%, Eskom plans to move from an EAF of 58% currently to 70% in two years. The EAF for the coal fleet is worse at 52%.

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