“So, our task is twofold; the first is that in the shortest possible period of time we finish the load distribution process, and then make it possible to create additional capacity and buffer as we go into the next winter.”
Ramokgopa said that Inability to meet demand It is the reason for the return of power outages in the sixth stage last week.
“Demand went up and generation went down and that necessitated and led to phase six load shedding. Of course, it doesn’t help that we haven’t replenished our resources which is water for our pump storage and the issues with the open cycle gas turbine.”
Ramukjoba said there are units that will return to service to provide an additional 1,305 megawatts. He also touched on the criminal, security and safety issues Eskom faces.
“Over the period between April 2022 to date, there are 2,147 Eskom cases reported to the police, around 1,586 of these are under investigation and since that period, 126 arrests have been made so you can see that this is a gradual progression, but it is meaningful. . He said.
“In an effort to fix the electricity problem, we are also focusing on fixing the underlying issues which were fraud, corruption and security and safety issues in Eskom,” he said.