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How did anyone think that Eskom, a monopolistic relic of the apartheid-era economy, could take on a multi-billion rand expansion on its own?

OPINION | How did anyone think that Eskom, a monopolistic relic of the apartheid-era economy, could take on a multi-billion rand expansion on its own? Asks ronderby.

How did anyone think that Eskom, a monopolistic relic of the apartheid-era economy, could take on a multi-billion rand expansion on its own?

Enter recipient email addressSubscribers can listen to this articleIt’s astonishing to think of just how long the lack of power has been an Achilles' heel for the economy.For most of us, December 2007 was a watershed moment in South Africa as it marked the beginning of the end of the presidency of Thabo Mbeki and the emergence of his then-deputy, Jacob Zuma, and his brand of politics that would follow. But it was also the month when Eskom quite simply could no longer meet energy demand in the country that in that year grew over 5%.

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Eskom expects 5 generating units back in service today after breakdownsTen units went down at seven power stations on Sunday evening, and the power utility implemented stage two load shedding on Tuesday.

Eskom confirms stage 2 load-shedding from 8am on Wednesday'Due to the continuing severe generation supply constraints as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, Eskom will continue to implement stage 2 load-shedding from 8am until 10pm [on Wednesday],' the power utility said in a statement.

Eskom confirms stage 2 load-shedding from 8am on WednesdayEskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday.

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Eskom to continue Stage 2 load-shedding on WednesdayEskom is urging customers to reduce electricity usage to ease the strain on the system.

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to share every month.JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said that half of its generating units that had broken down were expected back online later on Wednesday.Image: 123RF/rasslava Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday.Image: 123RF/rasslava Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday.

Send this story to a friend! Enter recipient email address Subscribers can listen to this article It’s astonishing to think of just how long the lack of power has been an Achilles' heel for the economy. For most of us, December 2007 was a watershed moment in South Africa as it marked the beginning of the end of the presidency of Thabo Mbeki and the emergence of his then-deputy, Jacob Zuma, and his brand of politics that would follow. We have coming back Hendrina, Komati, Camden, Tutuka unit, as well as Majuba,” said Eskom’s spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha. But it was also the month when Eskom quite simply could no longer meet energy demand in the country that in that year grew over 5%. "With the unreliable and aged generation infrastructure, together with a number of risks on running units, there is a high probability that additional stages of load-shedding may be implemented at short notice. It’s a high mark in South African growth that we haven’t seen since. #PowerAlert 2 Eskom to continue implementing Stage 2 #Loadshedding from 08:00 until 22:00 tomorrow as power system is still severely constrained pic. The lights literally went out in the economy that month and we’ve been struggling to recover since. "Unplanned breakdowns amount to 11,425MW of capacity, adding to the 4,983MW currently out on planned maintenance.

A myriad of factors got us to the point in December 2007, including not heeding warnings from Eskom and others about the looming energy crunch.com/JfuYcWxAyD — Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) September 1, 2020 Download the EWN app to your iOS or Android device. "We urge the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of load-shedding. The state was too caught up in the ideological debates of the governing party about the merits of partial or full privatisation to make any decision about just how the country would go about building additional generation capacity. There’s more to this story Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features .