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Back to blackouts: SA in the dark as Eskom stumbles ( South Africa )
Tech Central ^ | 30 November 2018 | Paul Burkhardt

Posted on 12/02/2018 7:18:10 PM PST by george76

Eskom’s warning that the country was threatened by months of rotating blackouts became a reality in less than 24 hours.

The state-owned company, which produces most of South Africa’s power, said on Wednesday that controlled blackouts could return and last throughout the year. Even more concerning is that the company expects energy availability of the system will keep declining into early next year and probably only recover to current levels in six months.

By Thursday, Eskom announced it was cutting 1GW from the grid. It doubled that amount on Friday in an outage that’s scheduled to last 13 hours.

For South Africans, that means a return to stocking up on candles, mopping up thawed refrigerators and sitting in gridlocked roads around blank traffic lights. All of that became familiar in 2008, and again in 2015, when Eskom implemented months of the outages known locally as load shedding. Those cuts hamstrung the economy, limiting industrial output and hurting business and consumer confidence.

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The utility is also running low on coal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: africa; agw; boer; brazil; brics; candles; china; climatechange; coal; electricity; energy; expropriation; globalwarming; india; russia; socialism; southafrica; suidlander; waroncoal; zimbabwe
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What did greenies use for light before candles?

- Electricity .

1 posted on 12/02/2018 7:18:10 PM PST by george76
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When the Arab Revolt captured Damascus in WWI they couldn’t keep the phones or electric system operating.They only knew about living in the desert and riding camels.


2 posted on 12/02/2018 7:25:59 PM PST by Spok
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I wish there was more press coverage of what it is actually like to live in a devolving socialist country so that the socalists outside these countries can actually see what it is like to live their dream.


3 posted on 12/02/2018 7:29:30 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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Can you provide a link please? Thank you.


4 posted on 12/02/2018 7:31:33 PM PST by Fungi
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To: george76

White Privilege debunked.


5 posted on 12/02/2018 7:32:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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Thank God they’ve rid themselves of those racist white-privilege Euro-American horrors, like electricity.


6 posted on 12/02/2018 7:34:37 PM PST by JennysCool
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Quick - seize some more white farms


7 posted on 12/02/2018 7:37:06 PM PST by 2banana (Were you)
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To: JennysCool

Saving the planet one light bulb at a time.


8 posted on 12/02/2018 7:37:07 PM PST by oldasrocks (rump)
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Do they sti1
.. have the whee].


9 posted on 12/02/2018 7:39:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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I wish there was more press coverage of what it is actually like to live in a devolving socialist country so that the socalists outside these countries can actually see what it is like to live their dream.

Oh, come on, let's get real--those other countries are not the USA. Americans can do *anything*--socialism will be wonderful once *we* do it! /sarcasm

10 posted on 12/02/2018 7:40:16 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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The Bern, occasional-cortex, ManBearPig, 0bama, H->! and Mad Max can’t get this straightened out?


11 posted on 12/02/2018 7:43:01 PM PST by Paladin2
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will the last whites leaving SA please grab the flag...
12 posted on 12/02/2018 7:43:02 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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Sounds as though when SA goes black* in the very near future, we’ll need an updated composite satellite pic of Earth at night.
Won’t be just NK ‘living’ in the dark.

(* reality, not pun)


13 posted on 12/02/2018 7:45:34 PM PST by tomkat (~ 3.5% Neanderthal)
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Thank God they’ve rid themselves of those racist white-privilege Euro-American horrors, like electricity.


Liberals will be envious at their low rate of carbon emissions.


14 posted on 12/02/2018 7:54:05 PM PST by rbg81 (Truth is stranger than fiction)
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Unexpected!


15 posted on 12/02/2018 8:04:27 PM PST by 4Liberty ("The Democrats are the Party of Crime." - Donald J. Trump)
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Um... why?


16 posted on 12/02/2018 8:07:47 PM PST by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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They only knew about living in the desert and riding camels.

The Harif do not carry water!

17 posted on 12/02/2018 8:08:28 PM PST by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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From industrial powerhouse to “stocking up on candles”. Great job, ANC.


18 posted on 12/02/2018 8:13:30 PM PST by montag813
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probably only recover to current levels in six months.

How can they be so certain? Which White country do they expect to bail the out?

19 posted on 12/02/2018 8:14:58 PM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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Africa wins again.


20 posted on 12/02/2018 8:15:18 PM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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