A sea of red is almost never a positive description for anything — least of all SA’s power supply forecast. Yet, according to Eskom’s most recent weekly system status report — in which it details supply and demand in the previous week and maps out power supply forecasts — SA is at code red for the next three months.

From January 18 to April 18, Eskom’s "planned risk scenario" factors in 14,200MW of unplanned outages. This is coloured amber — indicating there will be a definite shortage of reserve power generation, and the possibility that the utility may struggle to meet power demand...

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