by Dirk de Vos, in Daily Maverick, 11 Feb 2020
South Africa has had bouts of load shedding (localised blackouts) since 2006. They go away to periodically return for longer periods and more severely each time. The latest and most severe bout of load shedding which hit us late last year will be with us for a long time. There is no end in sight.
Load shedding is, of course, the chosen solution to the actual problem.
Eskom’s ageing generation plants, which have not been adequately maintained or operated for many, many years, are breaking down. Newly commissioned plants (Medupi and Kusile) are not yet fully commissioned and poor construction practice means these new generators are even more unreliable than existing plants.