Eskom's problems don't have a quick solution: expert

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom continues to implement load-shedding on Wednesday, causing frustration to citizens and businesses.

The embattled power utility says rotational load-shedding is used as a means of averting a national blackout.

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Stage 2 load-shedding has been implemented on Wednesday morning across the country.

But what is it that South Africa needs to do to solve the electricity crisis?

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Energy expert Hilton Trollip, a research fellow at Global Risk Governance at the University of Cape Town, explained that while load-shedding may come suddenly and in a dramatic fashion but it does not have a dramatic solution.

Trollip said the problems South Africa is facing now has been over ten years in the making through neglect, incompetent and corrupt governance, and looting through state capture.

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"The thing is with this government is that it lurches from one dramatic failure to the next, has a big inquiry and then just ignores the inquiry because if you look at that report, none of the report-backs to parliament have been done. So we're not respecting our overall governance mechanisms, at the top."

Trollip said the best way of going forward will be to stabilise the existing power structures and gradually deescalate and decommission coal-based power.

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eNCA