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EM Thematic August 08, 2023 / 04:09 pm UTC

South Africa’s Nightmare is Back: A Temporary Ease in Load Shedding Finished as of July

By Volkan Sezgin
Despite South African load shedding issue partly easing in May and June, the situation got worse late July as winter conditions became harsher, demonstrating a widening demand-supply gap. Following a short relief period, some areas had to experience 10 hours long blackout during this peak-demand season due to numerous factors such as breakdowns of coal-fired power plants, unit repairs, cold weather, and theft of electricity transmission infrastructure. As the general elections are fast approaching (scheduled to take place between May and August 2024), we think the country’s electricity crisis will be one of the determinants of the outcome of the elections.