Some 900 megawatts of electricity is once again flowing to South Africa following Mozambique’s repairs to the damaged line.
The damage was caused by Cyclone Idai, which devastated the region, killing more than 600 people in three countries. But for South Africa, the cyclone’s effect resulted in the sudden cut of electricity from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectricity plant.
This cut, coupled with South Africa’s ageing electricity infrastructure and rampant corruption, plunged the country into a week of planned power outages in a bid to protect the national electricity grid. Adding to South Africa’s current electricity woes are the repeated faults at its coal-fired plants.
In a statement to the country on March 22nd, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Mozambique power lines had been repaired, restoring South Africa’s link to additional electricity.
"The minister of public enterprises has reported that they were able to revive and restore the power line from Cahora Bassa. So we will have an additional 900 megawatts," Ramaphosa said.
According to Reuters, Goldman Sachs expects the eight straight days of power cuts to shave off 0.3 percentage points from South Africa's first-quarter GDP growth.