South African energy corporation Eskom has shut down its Kusile unit after a system failure. The prognosis isn’t good either, as the state-owned energy corporation has noted that it expects the plan to be out of service for a few months. This reality has further increased the prospects of load shedding. Load shedding is one issue South Africans have been dealing with for a long time. It was so bad at some point that there was a great outcry on social media, with Mzansi denizens calling for the ouster of embattled president Cyril Ramaphosa.
With the Kusile unit collapse, Mzansi might be in for more drama.
Energy analyst Chris Yelland gave a breakdown of the Kusile unit collapse as follows: the duck that connects the Kusile Unit 1 to the smoke stack had failed. Unit 1 is off, while Unit 2 remains off as a precautionary measure. However, Unit 3 is regenerating and continues generating.
To give the public a clue about the situation, Eskom had released a statement detailing the issues on the ground.
Unit 1 and @ remain off while Eskom consults with specialists and stakeholders. You can check out the statement below.
It’s unclear how long it will take for the issue to be resolved, but Mzansi is watching.