Posts tagged as crisis

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 […]

Wide-ranging post-SONA interview with Eskom CFO Calib Cassim reveals all…

. Considering its importance to the South African economy, many people are deeply concerned about Eskom’s financial status as a going concern. EE Publishers’ investigative editor and managing director, Chris Yelland caught up with Eskom’s new CFO to find out more about the utility’s financial position. Calib Cassim CA(SA) was appointed Eskom CFO in November […]

The coal crisis at Eskom worsens…

Information being received by EE Publishers indicates that the coal crisis at Eskom is worsening, with at least four and possibly more of Eskom’s 15 coal-fired power stations now having less than ten days of coal at hand on their stockpiles. Eskom has advised EE Publishers that it requires an additional 1,3-million tons of coal […]

Eskom: from a crisis of capacity, to a crisis of rising prices, declining demand and funding

  An energy sector leader recently observed that the electricity crisis in South Africa is maturing (perhaps like cheese), from generation capacity issues, to issues of the electricity price, tariffs, the price elasticity of demand, and the capacity of Eskom to finance its generation, transmission and distribution activities. Amid the onset of regular load shedding in late 2014, a […]

The electricity sector – understanding the drama and moving forward

  For too long government, Eskom and electricity customers have been complacent in the belief that the old way of doing things is adequate. The reality is quite different, and it is disingenuous for the president of South Africa to paint the picture that the electricity supply problems currently being experienced are primarily a result […]

Recommendations to address the generation capacity “crisis” in SA

  The 2014 electricity blackouts in have brought into stark relief the failure by government, the Department of Energy, the Department of Public Enterprises, Eskom and municipalities to provide an adequate and sustainable electricity supply to meet the growing needs of the country, the economy and its people. The 1998 Government White Paper on Energy […]

Mapping the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

  Addressing Homes, a US company specialising in geospatial location technology, has found itself in the midst of the Ebola crisis with the ability to provide mapping technology that is vital to accurately tracking the position of victims, the location of clinics, and identifying outbreak trends. The company is providing its technology free of charge […]

Energize Inbox, May 2014

  This month’s letters deal with the importance of a variety of generation sources all adding to the overall energy supply; appreciation for the opinions and suggestions made in the previous month’s lead editorial; and a reader’s view regarding the cost of nuclear. Send your letters to: energize@ee.co.za Our winning letter: re: Eskom’s CEO departs Sir With […]

Crisis? What crisis?

  by Hannes Roos, AMEU Most South Africans are inconvenienced by power interruptions at some time, and may believe that there is a crisis in the supply of electricity, but are unsure what caused it, where it is, or what can be done about it.  Wikipedia describes a “crisis” as any event that is, or is […]