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South Africans were forced to endure Stage 2 loadshedding in the first week of the New Year. Is this setting the reality for 2020?

According to a statement issued by Eskom on Saturday, the system was severely constrained and vulnerable owing to an unanticipated conveyor belt failure at Medupi station.

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The utility explained that the need to load shed was “in order to help us replenish both our water levels at pumped storage schemes and diesel for our open cycle gas turbines in order to create adequate reserve capacity to place us in a better position to stabilise for the week ahead as South Africa returns to work".

The utility continued: “Our teams continue to work tirelessly to return units back from planned and unplanned outages. Owing to inadequate maintenance over a number of years, the system remains vulnerable to unplanned outages.

“We, however, remind customers that load-shedding is an essential and controlled measure to ensure continuity of supply.”

Load shedding has been suspended until further notice.

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