Blackouts the right thing to do – Eskom CEO

IOL – Johannesburg – Scheduled blackouts were the “right thing” to do, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said on Thursday.

“We have arrived at a turning point where can either continue to do the same things of the past… or we can do the right thing… to get us out of this difficult situation,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

Blackouts were necessary to allow Eskom to catch up with the maintenance of its generating units.


Eskom – System Status

Eskom – Introduction On December 9 we said the following …

• We apologised to the nation for the inconvenience of the past few weeks due to load shedding.

• We communicated that for an extended period the power system is extremely constrained and vulnerable.

• With the system being tight, any abnormal event pushes us into load shedding.

• With the reserve margin being low , we do not have enough capacity to meet demand , necessitating planned, controlled and rotational load shedding, to protect the power system from a total country – wide blackout.

At the heart of Eskom’s darkness

Mail & Guardian – There will be load shedding even if it may cost the ANC votes.

This is the expressed attitude of Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who remains resolute about fixing the problems plaguing power utility Eskom for the long term, even if it means doing the unpopular thing.

But this approach has drawn resistance from Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who is apparently accused of “overstepping her turf”.

SA Government to help power utility

The South African government will help raise cash to fund utility Eskom’s purchases of diesel from February, when the power utility is expected to run out of money to purchase the fuel used to prevent blackouts.

Cabinet announced this week that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will oversee the turnaround plans of Eskom, as well as South African Airways (SAA) and the South African Post Office (SAPO).


Eskom signs coal supply deal with Anglo’s Inyosi Coal

Power utility Eskom said on Friday it had signed a coal supply deal with Anglo American’s black empowerment company Inyosi Coal to have the commodity delivered from the New Largo project to Kusile power station.

The memorandum of understanding signed last week will see Inyosi supply coal to Kusile, which is currently under construction in the Mpumalanga province, according to a statement from Eskom.