VAAL TRIANGLE - A report compiled by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showed South Africa endured 859 hours of blackouts last year, which accounts for almost 10% of 2020. EWN reports the council's Jarrad Wright said possibly going forward, it does not seem like it is going to look good, which is why the council's biggest recommendation is procurement that talks to a customer response and enabling regulatory frameworks especially for large customers to start to self-supplying electricity. He suggested the problem be tackled in various ways. He says we cannot just rely on the coal fleet returning - and it doesn’t look like it will - as its eligibility level declined in 2019 from 67% to 65% in 2020. He said during the COVID-19 lockdown last April, electricity demand went down significantly but when the country came out of the risk-adjusted strategy, it shot back up. Wright said nothing really changed in terms of energy availability and as a result of that, there was a return to load shedding.