Posts tagged as Loadshedding

Without ongoing financial support from government, Eskom will collapse

Eskom’s chairperson and acting CEO, Jabu Mabuza, says that the power utility is no longer able to borrow money from financial institutions – because it is struggling to meet the commitments on its massive existing debt – and that its only short-term option is to turn to the shareholder (i.e. the South African government) for […]

No loadshedding this summer, we hope, says Eskom

  Eskom says no loadshedding since March and the synchronisation of the final generating unit at Medupi shows that its turnaround strategy is working. Speaking at the power utility’s latest State of the System briefing recently, Jabu Mabuza, the chairman and acting group chief executive, said that the utility’s nine-point plan is bearing fruit. No […]

Is loadshedding imminent? – Ask the weatherman

We should be grateful we’re having a mild winter. Without the power received from the independently owned and operated renewable energy-sourced power stations we’d be in the dark – or facing serious loadshedding events right now. Since we are not experiencing loadshedding at present,  some may believe that Eskom’s power stations are on the mend […]

Nero fiddles, while the prospect of load shedding in South Africa continues

. Electricity customers and the public in South Africa experienced Stage 2 (2000 MW) manual rotating load shedding in late 2018 and Stage 4 (4000 MW) in February and March 2019. However, while Nero fiddles the prospect of further load shedding is set to continue in the months ahead. But there seems little sign that […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]

Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since 29 November and threatens to gobble up any green shoots of economic growth. Gordhan had called the Eskom leadership back from an investor roadshow to its Megawatt Park headquarters […]

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

Eskom says it has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, […]

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The reports indicate that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended to the utility’s new generation head, Thava Govender, that a coal supply emergency be declared. This follows information […]

Can we expect loadshedding this winter?

  I am frequently asked whether we can expect any loadshedding this winter. That is a difficult question to answer because interruptions in the electricity supply are not always caused by loadshedding. Although Brian Molefe, Eskom’s CEO, and Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, have repeatedly stated that loadshedding is unlikely this winter, interruptions […]