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A Broader View: Energy Crisis Beyond South Africa

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A Broader View: Energy Crisis Beyond South Africa

The energy crisis in Africa extends beyond the borders of Eskom’s grid inefficiency and temporary load shedding disruptions. It is not merely a local issue but a continental disaster that hampers economic growth.

A Broader View: Energy Crisis Beyond South Africa

A Continental Challenge

Load shedding is not unique to South Africa but a broader issue affecting multiple African countries. More than 30 African nations are grappling with power shortages and regular service interruptions.

Economic Impact

Research by the African Development Bank reveals that these frequent power outages have severe economic consequences. Formal enterprises experience an average loss of 6% of turnover, while informal enterprises may lose as much as 16% of their turnover. The economic cost of these power shortages can be over 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Access to Electricity

A significant challenge is the lack of access to electricity for many Africans. Over 640 million out of 1.4 billion people on the continent do not have access to electricity. The electricity access rate for African countries is just over 40%, the lowest in the world.

Systematic Governance Issues

The energy crisis is not solely the result of technical or infrastructural challenges. It is deeply rooted in systematic governance issues, including corruption and inefficiency in the energy sector. These factors significantly contribute to electricity problems.

Nigeria’s Situation

Nigeria faces similar challenges, with about 47% of its population lacking access to grid electricity. Frequent “total system collapses” lead to widespread power outages, and the economic cost of power shortages is estimated at around $28 billion, equivalent to 2% of its GDP.

Renewable Energy in Nigeria

In response to the power crisis, Nigeria is turning to renewable energy resources, with around $80 million available for energy projects through investors. The lack of reliable power has hampered economic activity, job creation, and poverty reduction.

Egypt’s Power Outages

Egypt, while investing in renewable energy and smart cities, still faces power outages, impacting small businesses. Power interruptions occur for an hour, three times a day in cities across the country.

Malawi’s Load Shedding

Malawi’s power sector is severely constrained, with less than 10% of the population connected to the electrical grid. Only 1% of rural residents have access to electricity. Malawians experience up to 19 hours of load shedding on Sundays.

Continental Efforts

The African Development Bank aims to finance energy programs that strive to achieve universal access to electricity by 2025, as part of broader efforts to address the energy crisis across the African continent.

Conclusion

The African energy crisis poses significant challenges to the population and its economy. Efforts are underway to address these issues, but the journey toward energy security is ongoing.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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