Country’s Power Grid Suddenly Collapses

( As the country’s power grid continues to collapse despite planned power outages by the state-run power company Eskom, which provides 90% of the country’s power, lasting up to 12 hours, South Africa has declared a national state of disaster.

The National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) declared a national state of disaster to avoid the potential progression to a total blackout and consider the possibility of augmenting existing measures already undertaken by the state to deal with electricity supply constraints.

Small businesses generate one-third of South Africa’s GDP. Up to 80% of Eskom’s grid power comes from coal, but the country’s coal facilities haven’t been maintained or updated in decades. Many power plants have malfunctioned due to being overworked to meet the energy demands.

Eskom is also $22.6 billion, or 400 billion rands, in debt.
South Africa has a $130 billion national debt and a 50% unemployment rate.

A report shows South Africa received $497 million from the World Bank in 2022 to shut down its biggest coal power plant and convert it to a renewable energy source.

At the US-Africa Business Forum, Joe Biden announced a plan for American taxpayers to spend at least $8 billion to close down successful coal-fired energy plants in South Africa so they can be replaced with far less successful and far less efficient green energy alternatives.

Reports reveal that despite the domestic abundance of coal, the country’s power utility Eskom has proven unable to supply adequate and dependable energy to its grid due to its extreme inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption.

Eksom, once one of Africa’s most dependable utilities, is now always in a state of emergency. They added a high energy tariff to help support its failing finances.

The African National Congress (ANC), staunchly opposed to breaking Eksom’s monopoly by privatizing South African power plants, defends how things are being run. Many ANC delegates have stated that they believe the current power crisis will probably cost the party the next election, despite their refusal to budge on this issue.