The duration of power outages in South Africa has been increased to last up to ten hours per day due to the failure of the production capacities of two thermal power stations. This was announced by the state company Eskom, responsible for 95% of all electricity produced in the country.
“From 5:00 a.m. on September 5, the duration of power cuts in the country will be increased,” the holding company said in a statement published on its website. The current outage will last until further notice. »
In recent days, the duration of power cuts in South Africa has reached five hours per day. The blackouts began in spring 2022. The government and Eskom management are trying to stabilize the situation.
The situation in the electric power sector has been deteriorating in South Africa over the past four years. This situation is explained by the aging of coal-fired power plant equipment and the poor maintenance of existing installations.