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I never misled SA on loadshedding, says Eskom CEO De Ruyter

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André de Ruyter

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said that he was disappointed that the country was now experiencing a fifth consecutive day of load-shedding.

Earlier this year, De Ruyter said that the extended lockdown period enabled the utility to conduct the necessary maintenance on its aging infrastructure.

He’d also anticipated only three days of load-shedding this winter at stage 1.

However, on Tuesday morning De Ruyter said that this was a forecast and had an 80% chance of materializing.

“I did not say that there’s an absolute commitment that we will not exceed three days of load-shedding, that is not the message that I conveyed.”

He insisted that he never misled the public and blamed the aging infrastructure for the rolling blackouts.

“Of course we have a commitment to South Africa to keep the supply of electricity as uninterrupted as we can, we operate within the constraints of the system that is unfortunately not what it should be. We are working to fix that system but that system cannot be fixed overnight.”

-EWN

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