The fifth day of Stage 4 rotational loadshedding is underway in South Africa.
Eskom has identified a shortage of capacity and stated that technicians are working around the clock to return generation units to the network.
The implementation of loadshedding is now a daily reality in South Africa and is affecting businesses, essential services, and households.
Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has said that his department and National Treasury will assist the embattled power utility to fast-track the procurement of “essential goods and services” required to urgently repair generating units at local stations.
A joint briefing by Gordhan and Chairman of Eskom Board, Jabu Mabuza, will take place today on the matter of Eskom and the current electricity supply problems.
Speaking on the Karima Brown Show on Radio702 on Monday night, the
Department of Public Enterprises’ spokesperson Adrian Lackay said several problems are plaguing the power utility, including the lack of quality coal and a staff shortage, reported EWN.
“Our problems at the moment besides the finances, the structure of Eskom and everything else, is generation. We are not generating sufficient electricity for the grid to be able to meet the needs of the country and that needs to be looked at.”