Eskom has announced that the blackout level is set to move from stage 2 to 4 from 17:20 on Tuesday.
Eskom has announced that load shedding has immediately jumped to Stage 4 on Tuesday morning after more generation units failed.https://t.co/4FBa0j1zMd
— News24 (@News24) April 19, 2022
This is after the power utility confirmed that the Majuba unit 5 and Tutuka unit 4 tripped. There has since been no further statement released by Eskom regarding what caused the two units to trip.
Eskom has experienced more electric cuts under the group Chief Executive Officer, Andre de Ruyter, based on the data from the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR), which shows records of the amount of rotation of power outages implemented annually since 2007.
Since his tenure as the Eskom CEO, De Ruyter’s first year shed Eskom 1.798GWh of electricity causing over 859 power outages. In 2021, the country experienced 1.136 power outages, shedding a total of 2,455GWh of electricity which excludes power during the day of stage 2 power cuts, that took place on the 4th and 5th of December 2021.
South Africa is now being subjected to stage 4 rolling power cuts. Eskom says units at the Majuba and Tutuka power stations have tripped, forcing it to move from stage 2 to stage 4. eNCA spoke to energy expert, Ted Blom. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/aDWEgbKG56
— eNCA (@eNCA) April 19, 2022
During the past two years, there has been 4,253GWh of electricity being shed from the grid due to load shedding compared to the power blackout under Jason Maroga, who was the first CEO under power outage were only 652GWh.
Eskom has since registered 51 days of load-shedding in the previous year, which is much higher than in 2015.
De Ruyter raised more red flags on his capability after last month’s drama, where he was deemed incompetent and unprofessional when he went missing in action during the breakdowns, which may have led to stage 4 of load shedding. Despite that, the power utility did confirm the reason for him being absent, confirming that he was in the United States of America, Washington, where he met with the World Bank and other stakeholders regarding South Africa’s just energy transition.
The embattled CEO is currently in his third year at the helm of Eskom and is yet to alleviate the constant blackouts