Eskom has spent almost R8bn on diesel to power emergency generation reserves in April and May, a rate that puts it on track to surpass this fiscal year what the utility spent in the previous two fiscal years combined as it struggles with the worst load-shedding in its history.

With few other short-term solutions available, both Eskom and electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa have said that the utility would have to rely on its diesel-power open-cycle gas turbines — meant to be used for emergencies or during peak demand periods — to compensate for the poor performance of its coal-fired generation fleet and ease load-shedding during the winter months...

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