Samson said load shedding was becoming more prevalent in the country and the situation was now amounting to a crisis.
The country’s power utility Eskom, which is about 90 years old has implemented power cuts due to the failure of three of its generators.
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The erratic power outages have on the positive seen an increased demand for generators.
“We have seen an uptick in the sales of generators over the past few months,” said Samson.
He added that the trends were similar trends in both the household and corporate sectors.
“As a country we need to become more energy efficient in our homes and in our businesses.”
Samson said, in his personal opinion South Africa was in a bit of a crisis as the country was experiencing load shedding and shortage of power at a time the country was in a recession.
“Should the economy to pick and business to move again where power is going to come from,” added Samson.
“We know the other power projects that are coming online such as Medupi and Kusile but it will be some time before they start operating.”
He also said as a country, South Africa was supposed to address issues of energy efficiency.
“We have been spoiled for too long with this cheap electricity but now we should become vigilant and become energy efficient.”
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Recently the chief executive of Eskom Tshediso Matona conceded the challenges facing the power utility saying with the reserve margin being low, Eskom does not have enough capacity to meet demand, necessitating the need for planned, controlled and rotational load shedding, to protect the power system from a total country-wide blackout.
“Over the last few months we have seen a significant increase in unplanned maintenance/breakdowns on our plant (between 5000MW to 9000 MW) that has had a compounding negative effect on power system reliability,” he said in a statement.
“Unplanned outages have increased. Plant availability has negatively decreased from 85 per cent to 75 per cent over the last five years. This is a result of running our plant hard and delaying critical maintenance in our past efforts to keep the lights on, deterioration of maintenance quality.”