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Eskom dismisses claim loadshedding is a 'diversion', not loadshedding on Wednesday

Dec 12, 2018
Eskom dismisses claim loadshedding is a 'diversion', not loadshedding on Wednesday

Eskom says the story making rounds alleging that loadshedding is a diversion, "is itself a diversion and far from the truth".

"Eskom has consistently informed the public that loadshedding happens as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of factors, including generating units being out of service due to breakdowns, and it is implemented as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout," the power utility said.

"We have experienced deterioration in plant performance over the past six months resulting in shortage of capacity to meet the demand in electricity which has forced us to implement loadshedding."

It said that the story questions the implementation of loadshedding while the country has surplus generating capacity and a reserve margin of 23%.

"If one takes all power stations into account there is an operational surplus and sufficient megawatts to meet demand," Eskom said.

"However, due to the magnitude of units on technical breakdowns the number of megawatts to meet demand has reduced."

Eskom says loadshedding is used to protect national grid

It said that in order to match the demand in the country, loadshedding has to be implemented to balance what is available and to avoid a total collapse of the power system.

"While we are currently implementing a short-term to medium term recovery plan, Eskom’s challenges can only be resolved in a partnership with government, key stakeholders, and all electricity customers," the power utility explained.

"We are confident that we have the capacity to address these power generation challenges. South Africans can also assist us by using electricity sparingly and reducing demand throughout the day by switching off non-essential appliances and lighting."

Meanwhile, Eskom said that it will not implemented loadshedding for the fourth consecutive day.

This is because of "an increase in units returning to the grid and a lower demand'.

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