Load-shedding impacts water supply

Is stage 5 and 6 load shedding a reality?

During Stage 4 load-shedding, approximately 80% of the country's demand is still being met.

This is in efforts to avoid a national blackout, said Eskom.

Joburg Water said that load-shedding can affect the city's water supply as they use electricity to pump water from the reservoir into the towers.

Stage 5 and 6 load-shedding require 5,000MW and 6,000MW to be shed from the grid respectively.

South Africans have been left confused by the status of load shedding after a briefing from the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, yesterday.

"I know the most important issue for South Africans is how long will this last and when will you be able to give us certainty that load shedding will end". This is due to a shortage of capacity.

"Engineers are visiting the power stations themselves to give us an independent view of what is going wrong and how quickly we can fix what is going wrong", Gordhan told journalists.

There is no power from Mozambique's Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric generation station.

The new Eskom management and board is now trying to undo this web by decentralising control, ensuring that people with the right skills and experience is deployed to power stations and that those managers receive the necessary support to effect change.

Ramaphosa's government has promised to inject 23 billion rand a year over the next three years to shore up Eskom's balance sheet, although there are signs that more money could be needed.

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