The embattled state utility Eskom has come under fire and incurred the wrath of citizens after it blamed stage 4 load shedding on the Cyclone idai.
Consumers reacted furiously on social media, and the internet application EskomSePush, which warns consumers before they are plunged into darkness, was totally overwhelmed by enquiries for a time.
Tropical cyclone Idai in Mozambique plunged South Africa into phase 4 load shedding yesterday.
The country is so dependent on electricity imports from neighbouring states that a loss of 1 100 megawatts from Mozambique forced Eskom to implement phase 4 load shedding. That means there was a shortage of 4 000MW of generating power.
Andrew Etzinger, Eskom’s acting chief of power generation, told City Press that the transmission lines from Mozambique to South Africa were damaged by the cyclone.
More than 100 people have died in Mozambique and Malawi as a result of the cyclone.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan urgently met Eskom’s management team yesterday afternoon to discuss the dramatic worsening of the extent of Eskom’s load shedding.
Eskom’s generation capacity fell from phase 2 to phase 4 within hours.