Sunninghill-based South Africa’s crisis-sickened electric public utility, Eskom, had issued a public statement on Saturday, the 4th of January 2020, saying the struggling state-owned utility company would cut up to 2,000 megawatts of power overnight from the national grid following a conveyor belt glitch at its coal-powered station, Medupi.
On top of that, initially the South Africa’s flagship electricity firm, Eskom said the power cuts would last from Saturday (January 4th) GMT. 2000 to Sunday (January 5th) GMT. 0600, but extended the duration earlier on Sunday (January 5th) saying that the power cuts would last until Monday (January 6th) GMT.
0300. In point of fact, latest power cut of Eskom had been the second time less than a period of one month the state-backed utility provider had decided to switch off the lights countrywide, since it had implemented another power cut back in the mid-December.
More surprisingly, the debt-laden utility firm had been struggling to fulfil the nation’s demand despite low electricity requirement during the Christmas alongside New Year public holidays, while shortly before the announcement on Saturday (January 4th), more than 16,000 mega-watt of Eskom’s entire power generating capacity of 44,000 mega-watt was offline due to a breakdown at one of its coal-powered station in Medupi, while Eskom executives were reportedly blaming a number of persistent faults at its Medupi station due to a lack of mid-life maintenance.