While the country is bemoaning the ongoing blackouts, government has cited a number of reasons for Eskom's current load shedding crisis.
The utility has said that load shedding is unavoidable this week as its electricity generation system is still under pressure due to the decline in its water reserves.
Load shedding reached stage 4 at the weekend with the power utility pinning the blame on the lack of supply from Mozambique - which ordinarily brings in 1,200 megawatts of electricity to the power grid.
Energy expert Chris Yelland says these reasons are legitimate and load shedding is likely to continue on and off over the next few months.
We don't have adequate reserve generation capacity and so it just takes a coincidental coming together of a number of unplanned and unexpected incidents that can plunge South Africa from a stage of load shedding into stage four load shedding. I think this is likely to continue on and off for many months to come.— Chris Yelland, Energy analyst - EE Publishers
Literally a whole host of things coming together which is going to take time and money to rectify.— Chris Yelland, Energy analyst - EE Publishers
Click on the link below to hear more from Yelland...