South Africa nearing end of daily power cuts, minister says

South Africa nearing end of daily power cuts, minister says

South Africa’s electricity minister stated that the country is nearing the end of daily power cuts as warmer weather approaches later in the year, although he did not provide a specific date. This comes as South Africa is on track to experience the highest number of blackout days in its history, with daily power cuts lasting nearly 10 hours and impacting businesses and households in an already struggling economy. The power cuts, known as loadshedding, are expected to reduce GDP by 2 percentage points this year, according to the central bank.

While blackouts have eased in recent weeks, there is concern that as the southern hemisphere winter intensifies in July and August, increased heating demand could strain power plants. However, by September, temperatures are expected to rise again. The electricity minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, stated in a news conference that if current conditions persist, power generation will surpass demand during the summer months.

Ramokgopa also highlighted that due to maintenance interventions, improved availability, and efforts from businesses and households, the worst-case scenario of peak winter demand of 34,000 megawatts (MW) has not materialized. The available capacity is currently around 29,000 MW, allowing for a reduction in power cuts to Stage 3. This stage involves taking 3,000 MW off the grid, resulting in two to four hours of daily power cuts. South Africa implements power cuts in stages from one to eight, with eight being the highest and resulting in over 10 hours of daily power cuts.

The electricity minister emphasized that South Africa is approaching a stage where power generation is keeping up with demand, as evidenced by the decrease in power cuts from Stage 6 to Stage 3 within six weeks. He expressed optimism that the country could soon experience 24 hours without blackouts, stating that they are much closer to achieving this goal.

In conclusion, South Africa’s electricity minister believes that as warmer weather returns, the country is moving closer to ending daily power cuts. Despite the challenges posed by the highest number of blackout days in history, interventions and efforts have prevented the worst-case scenario from materializing. The minister is hopeful that power generation will continue to meet demand, leading to a significant reduction in power cuts and potentially even a day without blackouts.

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