Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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6 Jan 2020
6:04 am

Eskom leaves even experts in the dark about what’s really going on

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Load shedding is not going away and people don’t know the full reasons, experts say.

Eskom pylons.

This comes against the backdrop of surprise rolling blackouts this weekend, which Eskom blamed on the failure of a conveyor belt system at Medupi Power Station. Energy expert Ted Blom said that while the conveyor belt issue precipitated load shedding on Saturday night, this loss to the grid should not have exceeded 1,000MW, meaning the load shedding should have stopped at stage 1, not stage 2. To him, it seemed that further system breakdowns which occurred simultaneously could have led to the loss of 2,000MW. “It’s difficult to judge from the information given, but it seems they recovered the Medupi...