South Africa’s problems with electricity – level 3

16-09-2022 15:00

The South African government plans to end recurring power cuts, but it could take at least a year for any changes. The state energy utility Eskom is struggling.

It implemented large power cuts last week, and it’s scheduled to do the cuts again this week.

In July, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised new measures to solve the crisis; however, Eskom’s senior official said that despite the various plans, the measures will take time to implement.

Eskom’s fleet of coal-fired power stations are aging and unreliable, and the situation brings problems for Africa’s most industrialized economy. 42 generating units, or almost 24,000 megawatts of capacity, failed last week, and some electricity facilities broke down more than once.

So far this year, Eskom has spent 451 million dollars on diesel to run emergency generators.

Difficult words: recurring (happening repeatedly), implement (to start a complicated process), fleet (a number of vehicles or facilities that operate together, or they belong to the same owner).

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