Eskom still under strain – The latest on Monday Nov 11

Power station blow up

No matter the wording used, nothing had changed. South Africans are still at the mercy of a “constrained Eskom.The exact media statement wording reads: “the electricity systems remain constrained and vulnerable.” That is Eskom speak (and in severely constrained English as well) for buy enough candles and if you can afford a generator, invest in one. Alternatively it means going off the grid altogether and settling for solar.

In a media statement, Eskom’s spokespersons said the respective generating plants perform at very low levels of reliability, with a probability of rotational blackouts being implemented if there is any unexpected deterioration.

Eskom said it had made good progress over the weekend to replenish diesel for its open cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at pumped storage schemes.

An article in Creamer Media stated that “Years of failure to adequately maintain its infrastructure had left Eskom’s generating units vulnerable to breakdowns, forcing the cash-strapped state utility to implement rolling power cuts several times this year to avoid tripping the national grid.” Same old, same old.

It did however highlight the fact that Eskom did not have to cut any electricity over the past weekend.(Is this news in any other country?) However, residents on the outskirts of Mbombela had telephoned or sent WA messages to NewsHorn to complain of no electricity. If that is a power cut or simply another sub-station having blown up due to lack of maintenance, it is not known at this point.

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