South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that technicians are working around the clock to fix problems at several of the country’s power stations which have impacted on Eskom’s ability to provided enough power for its customers and for export.
Writing in his weekly newsletter released on Monday, President Ramaphosa said:
While technicians are working around the clock to fix problems at several power stations and restore the grid to stability, the government last week released the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
It is our policy blueprint for the country’s industrial, commercial and household energy needs until 2030. It provides clarity and certainty on a crucial part of our development path.
Load shedding in South was re-introduced on Wednesday last week due to a shortage of capacity following the failure of a conveyor belt, used to carry 4 000 tons of coal, from Exxaro’s Grootgeluk Coal Mine to Medupi.
This has had a negative impact on electricity availability in Zimbabwe as the country relies on imports from South Africa to meet part of its power needs.