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December 17 update: Eskom woes continue

December 17 update: Eskom woes continue

Dec 17, 2014

South Africa’s embattled power utility Eskom has once again warned of further load shedding after it lost four power generating units on Tuesday 16 December, including one at Witbank’s Duvha, another at Nkangala’s Matla and two at Limpopo’s Matimba station.

Each station contributes an average of 800MW of power and Eskom acting spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the loss totals 3,000 MW with the collapse of the generating units. Eskom said this most recent loss increased the risk of load shedding once again, and asked consumers and businesses to “switch off all non-essential appliances”.

In ongoing updates over the past months, Eskom has released many statements, including that the risk of load shedding from mid-December 2014 to mid-January 2015 would be low, “should no additional risks occur on the system”.

With the Democratic Alliance calling for more transparency and South Africans wondering why street lights in many areas are left on all day when consumers have been asked to cut back on power usage, this would be an opportune time for home and business owners to look to solar as a source of power in the months ahead.

African Environment has had many requests for alternative options and solutions to consumer power cuts. Calls to solar companies and providers of battery-run inverters have shown that many importers of these goods sold out as soon as the products were released.

African Environment will continue to seek options for consumers and small businesses, and urges innovators with ready-to-use solutions to contact

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