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Electricity Load shedding
RSA in crisis
In South Africa we have a power crisis are subject to wholesale "load shedding" which is clever euphemism for " we screwed up and this is a result of of our lack of planning" Load shedding takes place on a Rota basis around the country but is a 4 hour switch off to "conserve electricity". the mines had to reduce consumption too and sometimes households are shed twice a week at the most inconvenient times.
Everyone is now scrambling to install generators or battery inverters to bypass the problem.
Cheap equipment from China and other places are flooding into the country and are being poorly installed causing fires, death from carbon monoxide poisoning, blown electrical supplies and of course bypassing electrical distribution boards resulting in live installations i.e. no earth leakage!
We need to resolve our crisis urgently but our powers that be say it will take a number of years to resolve the crisis by adding mainly coal fired power stations. But poor service delivery and allowing coal stock plies to run down have exacerbated the crisis
Our national suppliers Eskom warned the Government many years ago that we would run out of capacity by 2008 and we have.
Eskom have also done considerable work on Pebble Bed reactors but this does not seem to be a favored option.
Lost working time, Offices and Shooping Centres closed (or partly closed) traffic snarl ups as traffic lights are switched off are the order of the day!
Average South Africans are furious but Powerless!! (pun intended)
How can we resolve our problem?