Electricity Blackouts Set To Return

Delays in the restructuring of electricity distribution and excessive consumption of energy could once again plunge South Africa into darkness.

Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, says South Africa must brace themselves for a dark winter, as electricity blackouts are expected.

“The country cannot afford any delays to this important transformation process. The delay on electricity distribution restructuring has been too costly to the country and the economy,” Sonjica said in Johannesburg yesterday. A target to centralise the distribution of electricity through the state-owned EDI Holdings last year has already lapsed. The deadline has since been extended by another three years.

Sonjica said the delays and continued fragmentation, poor investment in infrastructure, loss of skills and the unequal treatment of customers “cost the country no less than R2billion per year”.

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