Nelisiwe Magubane, an Eskom board member, has said that slight economic growth in South Africa will trigger power cuts.
Reports suggest that South Africa power utility, ESKOM, cannot meet demand, therefore, it will be forced to introduce load shedding.
The power utility is said to have lots of challenges including huge debts. ESKOM’s generating fleet is reportedly at about 69% instead of 80%.
This comes at a time when ESKOM is exporting 400MW to troubled Zimbabwe. The latest power deal between Zimbabwe and South Africa provided that as long South Africa had power cuts, no electricity will be exported to Zimbabwe.
A power crisis in South Africa will have a direct impact on Zimbabwe which has already rolled out a crippling power cut schedule that has seen several parts of the country going without power between 0400 hours and 2200 hours.
Zimbabwe power utility, ZESA, has attributed the power deficit to dwindling water levels at Kariba Dam which supplies Kariba South Hydropower plant.
It also blames ageing equipment at Hwange Thermal power station.
Auditor General’s report also revealed that massive corruption at the power utility exacerbated the power crisis.
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