According to Eskom South Africa is 4,000MW short of the power to supply the residents. Most of Eskom coal-fired power stations has more than 30 years, which is the life span of power stations and they stations are run without proper maintenance.
Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, said: “The unreliability of the ageing fleet, with an uncertainty of about 6 000MW of capacity at any given time, will remain until the reliability maintenance programme is able to address the historical maintenance backlog. The power system remains vulnerable and volatile with the risk of loadshedding significantly reduced after the completion of the reliability maintenance by September 2021.”
“Recovering the operational performance is our top priority and we will not compromise on reliability maintenance and mid-life refurbishment,” concluded Oberholzer.
Eskom continues to ask South Africans to reduce demand to help to reduce or avoid loadshedding.