There’s nothing Eskom can do that will shock us anymore. Load shedding announcements used to be major events – but now, they simply exist to leave us feeling disappointed, and unsurprised. However, one expert is forecasting a winter of discontent for electricity consumers in South Africa… and a disruptive summer is also on the cards.

Load shedding for a year? It’s already happening

Independent energy analyst Chris Yelland said on Monday that a programme of necessary maintenance in 2021 could seriously undermine the electricity grid. We’ve already had countless load shedding intermissions this year…

Couple this with a bleak outlook for winter and summer, and it becomes apparent that we’re in the grip of Eskom’s ‘annus horribilis’. In other words, we’ve got load shedding for most of the year – and things are only going to get worse.

  • Another senior energy expert, Ted Blom, states that we’ll get our first taste of winter load shedding this week:

Eskom expert predicts ‘many more months’ of disruption

High demand for electricity in winter will account for one season, whereas a ramped-up period of repair work is likely to leave us without power in the warmer months of November and December. According to Yelland, this shortage of generational capacity will ‘last for years’ – but 2021 is on course to be the toughest one of them all.

“During the winter months when demands are higher than normal one can expect [more load shedding] In fact, even in the summer months we can expect load shedding to continue as they do a lot of maintenance in the summer months.”

“I do believe in the winter months we are going to see regular announcements that we should reduce electricity usage. Eskom has been saying repeatedly that there is going to be a shortage of generation capacity for years.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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