Eskom chairman, Mpho Makwana said outages between phases two and three are planned over the next two years. He said that permanent load shedding is part of Eskom’s plan to increase the energy availability factor (EAF) to the point where load shedding ends within the next two years. According to Makwana, the global average EAF for him is 86%. Eskom is currently at 58% and in the next two years, he hopes to grow to 70%. The utility wants him to reach F60.00 by March 30 and increase by 5% each year in 2024 and 2025.
The outgoing Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter, said the possibility of Stage 8 load shedding is receding but an “inherent risk” remains. Stage 4 load shedding is planned for Monday, 23 January, and the power utility expects the severity of power cuts to be reduced to Stage 3 for the rest of the week.
Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, said 43% of the utility’s electricity-generating units are currently offline due to breakdowns and planned maintenance.