Independent Energy analyst Andrew Kenny says Eskom’s woes will continue unless the power utility takes drastic action to upgrade its ailing infrastructure.

Eskom implemented stage four load shedding on Wednesday afternoon and then placed the country on stage 2 load shedding.

Analysis of of stage 4 load shedding with Lungile Mashele:

On Thursday, the power utility put the country under stage three load shedding from 8am until 10pm after which stage two load shedding will be implemented for the rest of the week.

The embattled power utility has cited additional breakdowns at the Medupi and Duvha Power Stations and the high demand during winter for the increased load shedding hours.

Kenny says infrastructure reparations will lead to long-term stability.

“The fact that Duvha used to be a workhorse, a very reliable power station, very important power station, not failing the whole time due to the lack of maintenance. As for Medupi failing, this is a brand new power station, its failing already. It hardly started up and it is failing, what my predictions are that this is just going to carry on like this for 5 to 10 years. So we just better get used to it,” explains Kenny.