South Africa reaches 100-day milestone without load shedding

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July 5 marked a significant achievement for South Africa as the nation celebrates 100 consecutive days without experiencing load shedding, bringing relief and optimism to businesses and households alike.

In a statement commemorating this milestone, Minister of Electricity and Energy, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in stabilizing the country’s electricity supply. “Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards a more stable and reliable electricity supply,” Ramokgopa announced. “I am pleased to announce that we have reached 100 consecutive days without any load shedding.”

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This accomplishment, according to Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, can be attributed to the implementation of its generation operational recovery plan initiated in March 2023, coupled with aggressive planned maintenance.

Financial support from the National Treasury’s debt relief scheme has also played a crucial role in enabling these initiatives.

Collaborative efforts

Minister Ramokgopa also attributed the success to the collaborative efforts and dedication of all stakeholders in the energy sector, particularly highlighting Eskom and its employees. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of all those involved in the energy sector,” he remarked. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to Eskom, its competent employees, and all stakeholders for their efforts in ensuring that we maintain a consistent power supply for our nation.”

Beyond its economic benefits for businesses, the absence of load shedding has significantly improved the quality of life for South African citizens. Ramokgopa emphasized the importance of continued efforts to enhance energy infrastructure, diversify energy sources, and promote sustainable practices. “As we celebrate this milestone, let us remain committed to the continuous improvement of our energy infrastructure, the diversification of our energy sources, and the promotion of sustainable practices,” he urged.

The last extended period without load shedding in South Africa occurred from September 8 to December 11, 2020. Today’s achievement marks a notable step forward in South Africa’s ongoing efforts to ensure a stable and reliable electricity supply for its citizens and businesses.

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