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Eskom was ‘on the brink of a power shutdown’

Business Day LIVE

20 May 2013

ESKOM “came as close to the edge as you can get” last Monday evening when the available power supply exceeded demand by a margin of only 0.17%, according to the company’s own routine system status bulletin.

The recommended reserve margin for a power system is between 10% and 15%.

While Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe on Sunday downplayed the event, saying it was caused by units that had been taken down for weekend maintenance not being brought back in time, energy analyst Chris Yelland said he had been “flabbergasted”. “That is as close to the edge as you can get. The bottom line is that it is damaging. It is running this country at high risk,” said Mr Yelland.  Read more

 

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