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Bad News Mzansi This Evening, After ESKOM Drops Another Terrifying News

On Monday, Eskom provided an update on the "status of the system." It's not up to par.

"The capacity outlook for the year ending August 2022 demonstrates that the electrical system is still constrained," says the report. Eskom would be compelled to make substantial use of Open Cycle Gas Turbines to either avoid or minimize the size of load shedding, according to a statement from the company.

As a result, load shedding will be a daily aspect of life in South Africa until the end of August next year, with only the heavy use of petrol and gas reducing the impact. As a result, electricity shortages will continue to discourage investment and hinder the economy's ability to operate at full capacity, slowing growth.

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As a result, there is no way to make a dent in the world's highest unemployment rate of 34.4 percent. There will be no major plans for new mines or factories, thus de-industrialisation will continue apace. Unless you're looking at late 18th or early 19th century ways of industrialisation, an economy cannot industrialize or re-industrialize without a steady power source in the twenty-first century. South Africa, on the other hand, is not about to dispatch a fleet to resume harpooning whales.

Eskom, like the rest of the economy, is stuck in a vicious loop. The company needs to speed up maintenance on its aging network of coal-fired power plants, but that, combined with regular outages, means it often lacks the capacity to satisfy demand.

"Our goal is to build a dependable and long-lasting power plant that will reduce the likelihood and frequency of load shedding." As a result, Eskom will make no concessions when it comes to reliability maintenance and mid-life refurbishment," Eskom Group Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said in a statement.

"We have to conduct this maintenance, no matter how difficult it is in the short term, in order to ensure future reliability."

"We recognize that increased maintenance increases the likelihood of load shedding in the short term, but this is required to optimize the generating fleet's future performance," Oberholzer said.

He also stated that an additional 4,000MW to 6,000MW of generation capacity was "urgently needed."

As a result of Eskom's planned maintenance program, an average of 5,500MW is offline at any given time, necessitating the immediate requirement for 4,000MW to 6,000MW.


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