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Mar 21 2019

South Africa Could Go Dark for Weeks

When South Africa was turned over to the African National Congress, Afrikaners must have asked themselves how long the lights would stay on. They now have an answer: not much longer.

Eskom officials said they are in a race against time to avoid a complete grid collapse and a national electricity blackout.

The electricity utility, the largest of South Africa’s government-owned enterprises, is falling back on massive load-shedding.

These extreme measures are needed because 17,000MW of Eskom’s 47,000MW installed capacity is not available for service due to unplanned breakdowns.

Also, there is a diesel shortage. If those in charge can’t keep military horses from starving, how are they going to keep power plants fed?

Energy advisor Ted Blom said a total blackout in South Africa is “totally possible”.

This will provide widespread opportunities for further wealth redistribution on a more informal basis than what the government has been doing.

A national blackout would result from demand exceeding supply, leading to cascading trip mechanisms. This would require restarting the power plants without electricity, which is called a “black start.” Expect the government to step in soon and forbid the use of such racist terms.

A black start would take 2 to 3 weeks. When the lights come back on, the scene they illuminate could be so hideous that people will want them back off again.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.



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