I read this today in the Cape Times. Eskom schedules pre-emptive load shedding, and then Eskom declares that the grid is actually working at full capacity, so no load shedding.
Eskom is now totally unreliable, their reputation shot. I can only hope for them that they have exceptional PR agents to cover this and make it sound good – but, from what I’ve read in the past, I think they need to hire another PR agent.
My take on this: even if Eskom was at full capacity, they could have still load shed. And then they could have covered it with preparing households, testing pre-emptive load shedding (whether it actually works or not), gauging public reaction, evolving into a green company (I am not sure whether SA took part in Earth Hour yesterday, so today would have been a good day to show commitment to a green environment) etc.
If I was Joe on the street, I would be very angry right now.