Posts tagged as Eskom

A new CEO of what? Reflections on Eskom’s leadership dilemma…

  by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Eskom announced the resignation of its CEO, Brian Dames, three years after he assumed the position following the controversial axing of the previous CEO, Jacob Maroga, who also held the position for only three years. Whatever the reasons for their early departures, clearly […]

The Jacob Marley column: All right on the night

  Sir Ever since the resignation of Eskom CEO Brian Dames was announced, the country has been abuzz with all manner of concerns. Most prominent amongst these relate either to jumping or pushing, or wondering about timing. Also questions about achievements past and present, of course, legacy and, lest we forget, the size of the […]

A call to unbundle Eskom

by John Whybrow This article examines the generation and distribution of electricity in this present volatile environment, and proposes that Eskom should be unbundled, as was recommended in 2010 by a former CEO, into two separate entities which together comprise the utility’s core business. There is good reason for separating generation from distribution, and in […]

A quarter of a century of electrification – part one

  by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng. “In times of need, vision separates real leaders from the rest” – Anonymous The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring […]

Energy efficient HVACs can use up to 50% less electricity than energy intensive systems

HVACs are subjected to more misuse than any other type of equipment, and controlling how and when it is operated can save significant amounts of electricity. Implementing the following easy guidelines– and asking staff to support this energy efficiency intervention – can make a significant contribution towards optimising energy usage in buildings and facilities, and […]

Eskom and BHP Billiton dispute contract termination date

by Chris Yelland, Investigative Editor Differences in interpretation between Eskom and BHP Billiton in respect of the termination date of the electricity supply agreement for the Hillside Potline 1 and 2 aluminium smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa, could negatively impact Eskom’s balance sheet and income statement to the tune of billions of rands. Download […]

Dispute on contract termination date, with massive financial impacts for Eskom and BHP Billiton

by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 5 May 2013 Differences in interpretation between Eskom and BHP Billiton in respect of the termination date of the electricity supply agreement for the Hillside Potline 1 and 2 aluminium smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa, could negatively impact Eskom’s balance sheet and income statement to the […]

Eskom’s application to NERSA for review of the BHP Billiton electricity pricing agreements

by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 7 April 2013 In order to understand the application by Eskom to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a review of the special electricity pricing agreements between Eskom and BHP Billiton for Hillside Potlines 1, 2 and 3, and the powers, authority and duties of the […]

Analysis of the structure of Eskom’s special electricity pricing deals with BHP Billiton

by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 24 March 2013 Since the Supreme Court of Appeal judgement on 15 March 2013 ordering Eskom to disclose the formulae by which the price of electricity to BHP Billiton’s Hillside and Mozal aluminium smelters is calculated, much has been written in general terms about the effective price per kWh currently […]

Eskom puts muscle into training young building energy auditors

The artisan and technical faculty of the Eskom Academy of Learning in Midrand, Johannesburg, has certified its first 33 building energy auditors after having successfully completed the rigorous year-long building energy auditors training programme (BEAT). The technicians, who hail from Soweto, Tembisa, Alexandra, Katlehong, Johannesburg and Pretoria, received their skills programme certificates from the ESETA […]