According to Eskom board chairperson Mpho Makwana, it’s going to take 18 months to two years to fix load shedding in South Africa. Makwana emphasized that there is no “shortcut” and that everyone in South Africa needs to play a role in reducing demand. These comments come shortly after newly appointed Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa stated that he was not yet willing to commit to a date for ending load shedding.
Makwana went on to say that Eskom expects to get to an energy availability factor (EAF) of 70% by the end of March 2025. However, he noted that it’s hard to provide an exact answer on the severity of the load shedding issue since the week-to-week forecast is shifting as they continue to improve.
“It’s going to be a tough winter for sure, given that we’ve said to South Africans already, and I’m going to repeat that, we are going to take 18 months to two years to fix load shedding. It’s very clear, there is no shortcut,” said Makwana.
To help with the issue, Makwana suggested that everyone in South Africa start putting energy-efficient lighting in their homes and businesses. He also pointed out that during the 2010/11 FIFA World Cup, South Africa was able to save the equivalent of two levels of load shedding through demand-side management.
This is a significant challenge for South Africa, but there is hope that the situation will improve with time and effort from all sides. You can read the original article on News24.