Deputy President David Mabuza says government is looking at repurposing up to 7 of Eskom’s power plants, to ensure a more reliable electricity supply to the national grid.

Mabuza was answering questions in Parliament yesterday and said the bouts of loadshedding the country experiences have had a severe negative impact on the economy.

Mabuza says there is also currently a greater drive to incorporate renewable-energy sources into South Africa’s energy mix.

Watch Mabuza’s full address here.

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The SA Wind Energy Association has urged the Government to accelerate measures to increase the production of power from renewable energy sources.

With the country last week experiencing several bouts of loadshedding, the organization says ramping up the supply of electricity through renewable sources will see more power gradually become available to the national grid.

CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, Niveshen Govender says land should be made available where wind farms can be erected.

Govender says loadshedding continues to severely impact businesses.

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Eskom Chief Executive Andre de Ruyter says the power-utility’s unplanned capacity outages is currently sitting at one of its lowest-ever levels.

The Medupi power station, where an explosion was reported in August of last year, and the Koeberg Unit 2, which is currently out of service for maintenance, also contributes to the decreased availability of power on the national grid.

De Ruyter says this impressively low levels of outages is a positive reflection on the performance of the national grid.

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Power utility, Eskom says it has made a lot of strides over the past few months to stabilize the country’s electricity grid.

Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer says technicians have, since last year, been able to do a lot of repairs at the country’s major power stations.

Oberholzer says many other challenges were also addressed which will ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the national grid.

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