Eskom said on Friday that Lesotho and Swaziland, with which it has firm power supply agreements, should lower consumption to prevent further load shedding in South Africa.
Eskom wants Lesotho and Swaziland to reduce electricity consumption to help South Africa avoid load shedding which could become necessary if the country’s power supply faces constraints.
“Firm supply agreements (Swaziland and Lesotho) continue to be supplied, but they are urged to reduce consumption. However, if rotational load shedding is required in South Africa, they are required to undertake proportional load shedding,” Eskom said.
Eskom has now notched up about five months without power supply disruptions, a luxury its neighbours are unable to afford. Zimbabwe and Zambia are gripped with power shortages that have curtailed mining and industrial productivity.
Experts have urged southern African countries to prioritise investment in the private power producer sector. Zimbabwe’s government has disclosed plans to raise electricity tariffs by 49% to cover production costs.