Despite Eskom having made progress on improving the country’s energy availability factor (EAF), lowering the unplanned capacity loss factor (UCLF) and achieving 100 consecutive days without loadshedding on July 5, the country is facing a new kind of energy crisis, Electricity and Energy Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has said.

In his first briefing for the now standalone ministry on July 8, the Minister warned that municipalities were investing too little on infrastructure maintenance and modernisation, with some having mismanagement issues, resulting in costly issues on the distribution side.