Heavy rains in South Africa over the past fortnight have caused some serious problems.
A week ago, the country’s national electricity utility Eskom declared a power emergency as its generating capacity was reduced drastically by relentless torrents in the north-eastern regions of the SA. This resulted in numerous power-cuts throughout the country that severely affected businesses and residents. These blackouts are the first of their kind since 2008, where Eskom’s load-shedding cost the country billions of rands.
Eskom uses coal to generate 95% of South Africa’s power supply. The recent rains, however, have rendered most of this coal useless for usage in boilers for conversion to electrical energy.
The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for more heavy rainfalls until the weekend where sunnier weather is forecast. Already, flooding has been reported in many parts of Gauteng and surrounding provinces. Source: News24