When will SA be free of power cuts? Wait for April to know for sure
About a dozen engineers have been sent to provide an ‘independent assessment’ of what is going wrong at power plants, Pravin Gordhan says
The government needs as much as two weeks before it will be in a position to say how long the power outages that have crippled large sections of the economy in recent days will last, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said. About a dozen engineers, acting on a voluntary basis, have been sent to provide an “independent assessment” of what is going wrong at power plants, Gordhan said at a media conference in Rosebank on Tuesday. “We’ll come back in 10-14 days" to update the country once the investigations have been completed, he said.
Eskom, which supplies about 95% of SA’s energy, intensified power cuts at the weekend, and took the unprecedented step of implementing load-shedding through the night on Saturday as it grappled with unexpected boiler tube leaks at several coal-fired power stations, ongoing diesel shortages and the loss of electricity imports from Mozambique...