Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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2 minute read
11 Jan 2021
5:03 am

Load shedding on the cards as economic activity increases

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The majority of South Africans return to work this week, which means we can expect Eskom to return to not working, as electricity demand is expected to increase.

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Increased economic activity from this week is expected to send electricity demand soaring and Eskom can’t promise that things won’t get dark. The first two weeks of 2021 saw the power utility grappling with several mechanical failures at its major power  stations, with the disrepair of the Koeberg station’s Unit 1 generator forcing the country into Stage 2 load shedding last week. According to Eskom spokesperson Sikhonathi Mantshantsha, the possibility of load shedding would remain high for  the duration of this year. The demand for electricity was expected to continue rising as many industries resumed work and, as the utility ...