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Load Shedding Disrupts Operations in the Telco Industry Says Vodacom CEO

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Load Shedding Disrupts Operations in the Telco Industry Says Vodacom CEO

Load shedding has had a significant disruptive impact on all businesses, with a particular focus on the telecommunications (telco) industry. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub discussed these challenges during a recent event.

Load Shedding Disrupts Operations in the Telco Industry Says Vodacom CEO

Telco Industry Sites:

Joosub explained that the telco industry operates more than 20,000 sites across South Africa. This vast infrastructure faces challenges during load shedding.

Increased Network Usage:

Interestingly, when load shedding occurs, the telco industry experiences an increase in network usage because customers rely on their services for communication and connectivity. This surge in traffic exacerbates the challenges during power outages.

Heavy Investment in Backup Power:

To address these challenges, the telco industry has made substantial investments in backup power solutions. Collectively, the industry has invested over R10 billion in batteries, generators, and additional fuel for backup power.

Carbon Footprint Concerns:

These investments, while necessary, have delayed efforts to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Heavy reliance on backup generators and fuel is not in line with environmental sustainability goals.

Request for Load Shedding Information:

Joosub emphasized that having more accurate information about upcoming load shedding, even if not 100% correct, would significantly aid the industry. With this information, telcos could better plan where to add batteries and generators, managing a complex logistical challenge with 20,000 sites to consider.

Proactive Steps:

Many telco offices have installed solar power systems, and rooftops are being converted into solar power sources. These initiatives are helping to offset energy demands during power outages.

Virtual Wheeling Platform:

Joosub also mentioned a potential solution for addressing load shedding issues. A virtual wheeling platform would allow telcos to work with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to contribute power to Eskom and receive credits in return. This platform aims to provide a blueprint for South African corporates to pool resources and tackle load shedding collectively.

Fast-Tracking the Solution:

The virtual wheeling solution may be fast-tracked, depending on the available licensed capacity of IPPs, to accelerate the end of load shedding in the country.

The telco industry’s experience during load shedding highlights the need for reliable power sources and sustainable solutions as South Africa addresses its energy challenges.

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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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