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Dark 2021 ahead even though SA's unstable electricity supply could have been avoided

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Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load shedding as unplanned maintenance outweighs planned maintenance.
Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load shedding as unplanned maintenance outweighs planned maintenance.
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Power utility Eskom seems unable to shake off the dark days, in a literal and figurative sense. After having implemented record loadshedding in 2020, it had to implement Stage 2 loadshedding just six days into 2021.

The power utility had taken a conservative decision to take offline unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station earlier than planned as it experienced an increased leak rate at one of its steam generators. Just two days later, it announced that Stage 2 loadshedding would be implemented overnight.

Now into the second week of the year, Eskom has not changed its tune. It would implement Stage 2 until Sunday after two generating units at the Kusile power station tripped, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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