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Five Most Important Eevent in South Africa

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Five Most Important Eevent in South Africa

Eskom’s plan to remotely manage household electricity consumption through smart meters is gaining momentum. The utility has successfully implemented a pilot program in Fourways and is looking to expand the installation of smart meters nationwide.

Five Most Important Eevent in South Africa

These smart meters allow Eskom to remotely control and manage household electricity demand. This development was highlighted during Eskom’s State of the System briefing, where the utility outlined its strategies to reduce load-shedding in the coming months.

Kusile’s Faster Return to Service

Kusile power station is set to return to service faster than expected. Eskom’s Bheki Nxumalo announced that all three Kusile units are ready for commissioning.

This accelerated return was made possible after Minister Barbara Creecy dismissed an appeal against her decision to allow Eskom to bypass pollution controls at Kusile. However, concerns remain about potential exposure to sulphur dioxide pollution, which is linked to respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

Eskom has submitted a health mitigation plan, but civil society groups like groundWork and Vukani are still reviewing the mitigation report.

Proposed Bill on State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

A new bill proposes consolidating some state-owned enterprises (SOEs) under a single holding company instead of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).

However, the bill lacks specificity regarding which SOEs would be affected or the criteria for inclusion. Notably, major SOEs like Eskom and Transnet, as well as struggling entities like Denel and SABC, are not addressed in the bill, indicating that line-ministry control may still be favored.

Critics argue that the bill is hastily drafted, lacks clarity on SOE policy architecture, and fails to address capacity issues systemwide.

Emerging Joburg Water Crisis

Experts warn that Johannesburg is facing a potential water crisis reminiscent of the early signs observed in 2007 when load shedding began.

Failure to address these issues urgently could lead to a water crisis similar to Eskom’s current situation. Johannesburg Water reports approximately 4,190 pipe bursts every month and an infrastructure backlog exceeding R20 billion.

The situation underscores the need for immediate attention to prevent a full-blown crisis.

Market Developments

The South African rand faced losses due to soaring U.S. Treasury yields, with nearly a 1.7% depreciation against the U.S. dollar at one point.

Investors shifted away from riskier assets, contributing to the rand’s decline. As of September 28, the rand was trading at R19.17/USD, R20.14/EUR, and R23.27/GBP. Additionally, the price of oil stood at $97.33 per barrel, influencing market dynamics.

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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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