Growth could trip the lights – Eskom

Eskom’s capacity constraints are so dire that even a slim uptick in demand from something as little as a 0.1% increase in GDP could tip output over the edge and unleash load shedding, the power utility’s Nelisiwe Magubane has said.

Speaking at an Afriforesight event, the Eskom board member said the parastatal was supposed to generate at least 80% of the country’s power.

But because of persistent capacity issues brought about by failing old infrastructure and haphazardly designed newer power stations, Eskom is only managing about 69% of its expected daily output.

She stressed that even a 0.1% rise in GDP could result in outages.

Independent energy adviser Mike Rossouw commented that “we haven’t seen load shedding because demand is going south. If demand picks up tomorrow you will be seeing load shedding every day”.

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