Energy expert Ted Blom said Eskom was racing against time to upgrade its coal power stations.
“We can expect much longer periods of load shedding, and (it taking place) almost every day. The situation is going to get worse. Eskom is correct in saying that the festive season will be a low consumption period, but they should have been implementing load shedding now It would have helped avert the worse situation in the new year,” Blom said.
Load shedding was entirely due to mismanagement of resources and lack of maintenance. “They (Eskom) have not done proper maintenance since 2010. This time around they need billions to fix the problems of the past and ensure that we are producing enough power for the future,” he said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently appointed an eight-person task team, which included former Eskom executive Brian Dames, to advise the government on how to handle the financial and operational crises at cash-strapped Eskom. However, it was reported that Dames had stepped down from the task team.