Ramokgopa: 26 days without load shedding 'a significant milestone'

Ramokgopa: 26 days without load shedding 'a significant milestone'

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has hailed the 26 consecutive days without load shedding as a “significant milestone” for Eskom.

Lack of load shedding mustn’t be used as ‘electioneering tool’, warns Ramokgopa

It is the first time since April 2022 that the country hasn't experienced rolling blackouts for 26 consecutive days.

Updating the media on the implementation of the energy action plan, the minister credited an increase in planned maintenance and improved performance of generational units. 

He cautioned that the system remains vulnerable even as the country moves closer to ending load shedding. 

The minister also denied that the lack of planned power cuts is linked to the upcoming elections. 

Ramokgopa said the installation of renewable energy, such as rooftop solar, has also played a part in the reduction of load shedding. 

“In July 2022, we moved from 2,200MW to about 4,000MW. A year later, in 2023, and now we are about to breach 5000MW. What that means is when we see the system, we see it as an aggregate. We are not saved by the renewables, but they contribute to the aggregate.

“I’m confident that load shedding will be a thing of the past. We are not yet there, but we are getting close.” 


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