Load shedding is implemented in South Africa when there is not enough electricity available to meet the country’s demand. The demand for electricity in South Africa is high due to the country’s industrialization and population growth.
Load shedding is caused by several factors, including:
- Insufficient electricity generation capacity: South Africa’s electricity generation capacity has not kept up with the country’s growing demand for electricity. The country’s power plants are also aging, and there have been delays in building new power plants.
- Maintenance and breakdowns: South Africa’s power plants require regular maintenance, and breakdowns can occur unexpectedly. When a power plant goes offline, it reduces the country’s available electricity supply.
- Environmental factors: Droughts, which can affect hydroelectric power generation, and other weather-related events can also contribute to load shedding.
Load shedding is implemented by the national power utility, Eskom, as a last resort to prevent a total blackout of the electricity grid. It is a way to balance the supply and demand for electricity and prevent damage to the power grid. However, it can be disruptive for individuals, businesses, and the economy as a whole.