Will load shedding be back after the Elections?

Do you think load shedding will 1be back after the Elections? Images: Stock/Canva/IEC

Will load shedding be back after the Elections?

Eskom says there will be NO load shedding despite fake news circulating that load shedding will be back after the elections.

Will load shedding be back after the Elections?

Do you think load shedding will 1be back after the Elections? Images: Stock/Canva/IEC

Will load shedding return once the elections are over?

HERE IS WHAT ESKOM SAYS ABOUT THE SPECULATION

Eskom says there will be NO load shedding despite fake news circulating that load shedding will be back after the elections.

“Eskom has noted with concern the fake news trending on social media regarding load shedding resuming on 30 May.”

Furthermore, it said load shedding has been suspended for 62 consecutive days and continues to be suspended. The previous Power Alert issued by Eskom was on 24, when Eskom announced the continued suspension of load shedding.

They have suspended load shedding for 62 consecutive days

“Our generation availability continues to perform well due to the Generation Recovery Plan that commenced in March 2023 and our intensive planned maintenance.

“Unplanned outages are averaging at 12,500MW, below what was anticipated for our winter outlook.”

Eskom said the energy availability factor (EAF) of four of our power stations is performing above 70%.

“Our year-to-date EAF is improving gradually and is currently at 60.73%. Eskom will provide regular updates and the next update will be on Friday, 31 May.”

THE CURRENT IMPORVED PERFORMANCE IN SA IS DE TO THE HARD WORK OF ESKOM OFFICIALS

Meanwhile, the Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, says the current improved electricity performance in South Africa is in large part thanks to the hard work of officials at Eskom.

“What we are seeing now is an exceptionally improved energy situation…is as a result of [a] constellation of efforts on the part of Eskom. It’s [also] an all-of-government effort to ensure that we resolve the challenges that are facing the country…the resolution of an energy deficit.
“We are not yet out of the woods but we can see the trend line. We know that we are going to have momentary setbacks. It is the nature of this, but we must be fixed on…returning units on time. And where there are periods of failure, you mustn’t be despondent,”

he said.

Ramokgopa moved to dispel the reports claiming that Eskom is burning diesel at a high rate to keep the lights on.

HE DISPEL THE REPORTS CLAIMING ESKOM IS BURNING DIESEL AT A HIGH RATE

“The [Open Cycle Gas Turbines] are part of the fleet. The design ensures that when you face elevated demand during the afternoon peak and struggle to meet it, you engage the OCGTs.

“If you look at the period that they were on load on average, it was previously about 17% and then now, we are just shy of 6%. So it’s a considerable drop in usage. From the 1st of April to the 16 May, Eskom spent R1.24 billion in engaging the OCGTs. In the same period last year…we had burnt R5.2 billion worth of diesel. Essentially, we have seen a drop of 78%,” he said.

Ramokgopa said solar energy remains part of the strategy to combat load shedding, and Eskom’s performance is not necessarily a result of the performance of renewable energy projects.