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Electricity Crisis Cannot Be Dealt With by Government Due to Lack of Engineering Expertise

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Government Lacks Engineering Expertise to Address Electricity Crisis

Electricity Crisis: Deputy President Paul Mashatile has highlighted a critical issue contributing to South Africa’s ongoing electricity crisis – the lack of engineering skills. He pointed out that this shortage of skills has a direct impact on the country’s economy, leading to prolonged load shedding and affecting access to essential services like healthcare and education.

Government Lacks Engineering Expertise to Address Electricity Crisis

Investing in Quality Education

Mashatile emphasized the need for significant investments in quality education, particularly in underserved areas, to develop a skilled workforce. He believes that by empowering young Africans with the necessary skills, they can contribute to the continent’s growth and help address the energy crisis.

Government Initiatives to Address the Crisis

While acknowledging the engineering skills gap, Mashatile stated that the government is actively working to resolve the ongoing blackouts. This includes increasing maintenance efforts for existing infrastructure, investing in new energy assets, and addressing the social and economic consequences of transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

Support for South Africa’s Just Energy Transition

Mashatile welcomed international pledges supporting South Africa’s Just Energy Transition, amounting to $11.9 billion (approximately R228 billion). This financial support aims to facilitate the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy, ultimately reducing the impact of load shedding while promoting environmental sustainability.

Private Sector’s Role in Expanding the National Grid

Echoing these sentiments, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa called upon the private sector to collaborate in expanding the national grid. He emphasized that Eskom’s transmission expansion and strengthening require substantial resources, making it essential for the government and private sector to work together.

Ramokgopa highlighted the importance of avoiding past mistakes in addressing generation capacity constraints and tapping into private sector liquidity to enhance the country’s energy infrastructure.

Both leaders emphasized the need for a collective effort to resolve South Africa’s electricity crisis, combining skills development, clean energy transition, and public-private partnerships to ensure a more stable and sustainable energy supply.

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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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