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Load shedding: Eskom’s COO allays fears of a total blackout

Despite the Eskom power system’s shortcomings, COO Jan Oberholzer says it is managed well and a total blackout would be preventable

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Despite the endless rounds of load shedding, Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer has assured worried South Africans that they are nowhere close to seeing a total blackout.

Oberholzer, together with Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter held a virtual media briefing on Tuesday afternoon, widely in response to concerns over the power crisis at the embattled parastatal.

Eskom, which has been struggling to keep the lights on since the first week of October, ramped up load shedding to stage 4 on Monday – but has since been downgraded to stage 2 at least until Friday. Concerns have been raised over the disastrous implications of the ongoing blackouts, including for the country’s economy.

ESKOM COO: ‘WE CAN AVOID A TOTAL SYSTEM BLACKOUT’

Despite the Eskom power system’s obvious shortcomings, Jan Oberholzer says it is managed quite well, which means they would be able to prevent a total system blackout at all costs

“I don’t think we think we are on a brink of total system collapse. We have one of the best system operators in the world” Oberholzer said.

De Ruyter bemoaned the fact that they’re being fully blamed for the situation at Eskom, saying some of his predecessors should also be brought to book.

“Regrettably, from time to time, we have to implement load shedding in benchmarking the way we operate our system. But we can confidently say with the way we run the grid, I have every confidence to say we can avoid a total system blackout,“

Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer