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101 days of winter outages possible ... and they could’ve been ...


101 days of winter outages possible ... and they could’ve been prevented

De Ruyter and experts outline the steps government must take to stop further misery for SA

Senior journalist

Load-shedding can be stopped altogether if an additional new capacity of between 4,000MW and 6,000MW is added to the grid. This is the only sustainable solution to the current stage 4 situation set to remain until at least Friday.

Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter appealed for an easing of the regulations that do not allow for independent power producers to feed into the grid, where 200MW was immediately available.

“There are a number of steps that can be taken on an urgent basis by a number of parties. Clearly stage 4 load-shedding is a ‘call to arms’ to address these issues,” said de Ruyter, adding that approvals for this had been sought from the department of mineral resources and energy, Treasury and the national energy regulator of SA (Nersa)...

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