Load shedding on the cards again as Eskom urges SA to reduce electricity usage

Load shedding on the cards again as Eskom urges SA to reduce electricity usage

With protesting and cold weather expected this week, Eskom has urged the public to reduce electricity usage, with load shedding a possibility.Following an ‘extremely cold’ warning from the South African Weather Service, Eskom is urging South African’s to reduce electricity usage. While load shedding

  Jarryd Neves
Dark history: The real reason behind load shedding in SA

Dark history: The real reason behind load shedding in SA

SA failed to build new power stations when economic growth and aging plants demanded it. The result? Load shedding, a thorn in SA's side since 2007.For 14 years, load shedding has continued to plague South Africa and its people. Apart from the glaringly obvious frustrations people have, the intermit

  Jarryd Neves
Emergency power bid highlights SA’s dysfunctional energy policy

Emergency power bid highlights SA’s dysfunctional energy policy

"Delays to the projects will extend debilitating energy shortages that President Ramaphosa said are a 'massive risk' for the economy," says Bloomberg.A battle in a bid to secure emergency power has worsened SA’s energy crisis, with Bloomberg reporting that it has “highlighted a dysfunctional energy

  Jarryd Neves
R90bn in 18 months – Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter’s colossal debt reduction

R90bn in 18 months – Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter’s colossal debt reduction

Just 18 months in the hot seat and Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has reduced debt by over R90bn - remarkable, but there's still R400bn to pay back.MyBroadband reports that in 2005, Eskom’s debt sat at R30bn. In March 2020, it was an alarming R488bn. This swift hike in debt is a result of corruption, yea

  Jarryd Neves
Powerships are a dirty, expensive mistake for SA – energy experts

Powerships are a dirty, expensive mistake for SA – energy experts

Government has made a shortsighted decision in utilising powerships for the majority of SA's emergency power generation, according to experts.The decision to allocate two-thirds of power generation capacity in South Africa’s emergency power programme to powerships has local experts shaking their hea

  Melani Nathan
Eskom uses fee structure to discourage solar power generation

Eskom uses fee structure to discourage solar power generation

Eskom has proposed a new fee structure which will give high usage customers a break, but lower use customers will pay more.The state power utility Eskom says it is working to make itself more attractive to consumers. Those who can afford it have started to turn to renewable and off-grid power altern

  Melani Nathan
Mboweni says PIC will throw another life-line to Eskom

Mboweni says PIC will throw another life-line to Eskom

Tito Mboweni says the PIC is working with Eskom and National Treasury to arrange further assistance for the debt-laden SOESouth Africa’s state-owned power utility is drowning in debt. Eskom has been plagued by corruption, bad management and failing infrastructure. The power utility has been struggli

  Melani Nathan
Can SA refineries survive Covid-19, looming clean fuel regulations?

Can SA refineries survive Covid-19, looming clean fuel regulations?

Oil refineries, under pressure from Covid-19 containment, could add to job losses in a country already facing a 30% unemployment rate.South Africa’s fuel production sector is in trouble. At Sasol’s Sustainability Roundtable, the petrochemicals giant admitted that the country doesn’t have enough natu

  Melani Nathan
Budgeting for darker days – a DIY guide

Budgeting for darker days – a DIY guide

Once more, the Western Cape takes the lead in encouraging us to adopt a self-sufficiency mindset – something increasingly and tragically necessary in South Africa today. I say ‘once more’, because at a recent Emergency Medicine conference Western Cape Disaster Management chief, Dr Wayne Smith, heavi

  Jackie Cameron
Eskom’s long awaited rescue plan – the electricity monopoly ends

Eskom’s long awaited rescue plan – the electricity monopoly ends

South Africa unveiled its long-awaited plan to save Eskom, including exposing it to greater competition, lowering fuel costs, increasing renewable-energy output and selling non-core assets.The weight of Eskom on our economy is like the world that the Greek god Atlas had on his shoulders. It was his

  Linda van Tilburg
NECSA funds abuse bombshell – Yelland

NECSA funds abuse bombshell – Yelland

It has become a recurring refrain in South Africa; another state-owned enterprise in trouble with barely enough funds to pay their staff looking for a government bailout. This has also happened at the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) prompting the largest union at Necsa, the National Education,

  Linda van Tilburg
Medupi: the unstable lifeline to Eskom and SA – Yelland

Medupi: the unstable lifeline to Eskom and SA – Yelland

Last week’s loadshedding was another reminder of how fragile the Medupi power station is. With Kusile, these power stations were supposed to be the flagships of South Africa’s power generation but instead of that; it has become as Bloomberg put it “textbook studies on how not to execute large infras

  Linda van Tilburg