South Africa’s electricity crisis: The way ahead for Eskom

South Africa’s electricity crisis is worse than most people believe. Eskom, the state-owned power utility which supplies the country with 95% of the electricity consumed is effectively insolvent and has no way of getting out of its predicament without a massive financial bailout from the government. Those who believe it can save itself are either […]

Open letter on the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile

. * Mr Alex Ham worked for Eskom for 30 years, where he held the position of Chief Engineer: Power Station Design. During this period, he was responsible for the overall design of Eskom’s Lethabo, Majuba, Matimba and Kendal power stations. During the latter part of his career, he was appointed Executive Director: Technology. He […]

So where is the money from China? Still coming says the DPE…

Despite assurances by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that a R7-billion tranche of the R35-billion government guaranteed loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to Eskom (that was due end March 2019) would be drawn on in the course of April 2019, the funds have still not been received. However, a statement issued by the Department […]

Power perceptions: How the media affects public perception

Electrical power generation and distribution have become emotive topics in South Africa due to periodic disruptions to supply over the last decade. Public opinions are often shaped by news coverage [1]  and in particular quality newspapers [2]. The Mail and Guardian newspaper was studied to determine how issues surrounding power generation have been covered. This […]

Eskom’s big blunder: How poor decisions and corruption caused load-shedding

South Africa is in the midst of an electricity crisis, which is curiously the result of plans by Eskom to prevent this exact scenario from happening. Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland explained that Eskom was faced with two choices a few years ago: Spend money on maintenance of old power plants to […]