Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has warned that the demand for electricity in Gauteng is expected to surge due to the region’s cold front. This announcement came in conjunction with the SA Weather Service’s warning to residents about freezing temperatures as reported by IOL.
During a media briefing on the progress of the Energy Action Plan, Ramokgopa expressed concern about the impact of the cold front, stating that it could lead to higher load shedding stages.
Despite the ongoing power cuts in the country, Ramokgopa assured citizens that Eskom is working diligently to prevent the situation from escalating beyond Stage 4. He highlighted significant improvement in outage management, with the megawatts reduced from 3,476 to 1,843.
To address the electricity supply challenges, Ramokgopa elaborated on an action plan involving 25 projects that could add 13 gigawatts of electricity to the grid by 2026. Emphasising the importance of prompt execution, he underscored the need to expedite the projects to enhance grid capacity.
Additionally, Eskom has identified 22 projects that could generate 24 gigawatts by 2033. These projects are concentrated in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Eastern Cape, as these coastal areas experience the highest wind speeds, making them suitable for such initiatives.
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