Carol Paton Editor at Large

How long will SA’s power cuts last?

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has told South Africans to expect load-shedding for the next 18 months while Eskom catches up on maintenance and takes units out of service on a planned schedule. But looking at the performance of Eskom’s plant, the time it will take to procure and build new capacity and the regulatory hurdles to self-generation, 18 months is optimistic. A more realistic time frame is three years.

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