Shift to stage 2: Over 800 megawatts back on line from Cahora Bassa - Eskom

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer talks to Kieno Kammies about load shedding in the coming days.

Oberholzer says Eskom is pleased to be able to reduce load shedding from stage 4 to stage 2 on Friday.

It is because we have recovered some of the units that were out due to the boiler tube leaks.

Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom

Read: Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

He insists this is not a temporary repair, though it does not mean other tube leaks will not occur at some stage.

I can confirm...when we fix the unit it is a permanent fix.

Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom

Eskom has also managed to reconnect one of the Cahora Bassa lines yesterday morning. The other line from Mozambique has permanent damage that will take weeks to repair, he explains.

That amounts to 80% of the usual energy supply from Cahora Bassa.

More than 800 megawatts is back on the line from Cahora Bassa.

Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom

Eskom has succeeded in dam levels reaching over 90% full capacity over the past few days which will assist as well, he explains.

Diesel supply has also been supplemented.

Oberholzer predicts stage 2 load shedding for Friday and Saturday.

Sunday should go down to stage 1.

He hopes for stage 1 and 2 only for next week but admits the outlook may change.

Energy expert Chris Yelland talks to Kieno. He has done the math on how much load shedding is costing the economy. Based on calculations by the energy regulator in the past - at R75 a kilowatt-hour of energy not delivered to the productive economy when it needs it and says the total cost to the country R2 billion a day for Stage 2 load shedding. And add the Stage 4 costs to that number.

About R6 billion a day approximately is what it is costing.

Chris Yelland, Energy expert

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