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Significant Progress in South Africa Battle Against Load Shedding: Encouraging News for the Year

Oct 24, 2023
Significant Progress in South Africa Battle Against Load Shedding: Encouraging News for the Year

Load shedding data for South Africa is showing a significant improvement, with a halt in outages leading to more favorable trends.

Significant Progress in South Africa Battle Against Load Shedding: Encouraging News for the Year

A Pause in Blackout Hours:

Load shedding suspensions have caused blackout hour trends to plateau, indicating a more positive trajectory in recent weeks.

South Africa was previously on track to experience double the number of total blackout hours seen in 2022 by mid-October, but this trend has shifted.

Cumulative Blackout Days:

South Africans have experienced a cumulative 64.2 days of blackouts in 2023, with the figure slightly increasing by 0.3 days at the end of the previous week.

However, this increase is attributed to a sustained narrowing of the power supply gap over the last five weeks.

Projections and Trends:

The full-year projection for blackout days in 2023 has decreased by seven days, with the current projection at 79.6 days.

This positive turn is reflected in trend data, especially in the week (7-day) moving average, where blackout times have reached their lowest levels this year.

Minister’s Remarks:

Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, stated that South Africa is turning a corner in resolving the electricity crisis.

Improved performance of Eskom’s generating fleet has led to the suspension of load shedding and lower stages of planned power outages.

Lower Demand and Rooftop Solar:

Lower demand from customers, partly due to increased rooftop solar generation, has eased the pressure on the grid.

These developments indicate a more positive outlook in the fight against load shedding in South Africa. While it does not completely eliminate the challenges, it marks a notable improvement and offers hope for sustained progress.

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