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Mpumalanga Community Seeks Competition to Reduce Load Shedding Cautions on Tariffs

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Mpumalanga Community Seeks Competition to Reduce Load Shedding Cautions on Tariffs

The National Assembly’s portfolio committee on minerals and energy has reported that communities in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have expressed their support for the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill.

Mpumalanga Community Seeks Competition to Reduce Load Shedding Cautions on Tariffs

This bill aims to open competition in electricity generation, providing an alternative to Eskom, the national power utility. This support follows years of power cuts that have plagued the country.

Community Backing for Stable Power Supply

The community of Nkangala in Mpumalanga has voiced strong support for the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill, emphasizing the need for a stable power supply in the country. The bill is seen as a means to address the ongoing challenges related to power shortages.

Public Hearings in Nkangala

Public hearings on the bill were conducted in Nkangala this week, building on similar hearings held in other parts of the province.

These hearings have provided a platform for community members to express their views and concerns regarding the proposed changes in the electricity generation sector.

Community Concerns and Requests

During the hearings, community members called upon Parliament to ensure that companies entering the electricity generation market do not inflate electricity prices.

They emphasized the importance of oversight to prevent possible collusion and ensure fair pricing. Additionally, they expressed the desire for the reforms not to negatively impact jobs at Eskom.

Differing Perspectives

While many community members supported the idea of introducing competition in the electricity market as a solution to unreliable power supply and economic losses due to load shedding, others held a contrasting view.

Some believed that rather than introducing new companies, the focus should be on the proper maintenance and servicing of existing power stations.

Public Hearings Across Districts

The portfolio committee conducted public hearings in various district municipalities, including Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande, and Nkangala, following initial hearings in Limpopo. These hearings have provided valuable input and feedback from different regions of the province.

Economic Impact of Load Shedding

The economic impact of load shedding has been significant, with the Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramakgopa, stating that Stage 6 load shedding costs the economy R1 billion a day. Businesses have been forced to close due to the intensity of power cuts.

Stable Electricity Supply and Economic Benefits

Community members in Gert Sibande stressed the importance of a stable electricity supply, highlighting that introducing competition in the electricity market could help reduce load shedding and associated economic losses.

The bill’s approach of allowing Eskom to compete with private companies was seen as a positive step towards addressing electricity challenges.

In summary, the public hearings in Mpumalanga have showcased both support and differing perspectives on the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill.

The bill aims to introduce competition in electricity generation to address ongoing power supply issues and economic losses caused by load shedding. The community’s input and concerns are being considered as part of the legislative process.

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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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