Actually, I was being more than a little bit tongue-in-cheek…
Gauteng have had problems for years now, even before the Koeberg fiasco in the WC there were regular power failures. As I understood it, mostly because of infrastructure getting old.
True enough, but the failures and outages were localised, generally short-lived, fewer in number and sporadic in the past. These days they are regional, lasting several hours at a time, occurring more than once a day in some areas, and systematic to the point where one can set one's clock by them (provided, that is, that one's clock doesn't require mains power).
I'm not even sure if Koeberg is fully operational atm.
Hmm, yes, I seem to recall something along that line.
We definitely need some more power stations and nuclear would be the way to go…
PBMR installations take a while to build, though, and an inside source has revealed that structurally the SA PBMR organisation is near shambolic and festooned with a glut of red tape. Be that as it may, in an interesting twist, e News
reported a few days ago that Thabo Mbeki publicly apologised to the people of SA for not allowing Eskom
to start building new power stations five years ago already. If true, Eskom
is still to blame for not alerting the public and the press sooner.