electricity crisis

Beware of sham electricity technicians, warns COCT

The City of Cape Town has urged residents to be aware of scammers who pretend to be city electricity technicians. The City said its contractors carry legitimate identification cards and a notification or reference number of the problem they’re sent to fix. “If you are unsure about any official visit[…]

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A protest against the City’s recent electricity tariffs, organised by Cape Town consumer group Electricity Prices Must Fall, has gained momentum with support from Cosatu, which will join the group outside the Civic Centre on August 9, Women’s Day. Electricity Prices Must Fall spokesperson Natasha Greste said Cosatu extended its[…]

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Outa goes to court to overturn the electricity State of Disaster

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it will be bringing an urgent application against the government to overturn the National State of Disaster in connection with the electricity supply constraints. This comes after the Presidency declared a National State of Disaster and announced that the government seeks to appoint a minister of electricity,[…]

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Ramaphosa meets with government officials over energy crisis

President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with ministers, premiers and mayors to discuss the country’s worsening energy crisis. Last weekend, he convened a meeting with leaders of political parties, the National Energy Crisis Committee and the Eskom board. Another round of consultations will then follow with business, labour and inter-faith groups. The[…]

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Gordhan, Mabuza to brief media on electricity supply problems

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza will brief the media on the current electricity supply problems that the country is currently experiencing on Tuesday morning. The briefing will take place in Rosebank, north of Johannesburg. Eskom says it will continue to implement stage 4 loadshedding, as large parts of[…]

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Stage 2 load shedding kicks in

Eskom has announced that it has implemented stage 2 load shedding in some areas, due to high demand or urgent maintenance being performed at certain stations. “Load shedding was changed from stage 1 to stage 2 at 08:20 and this is likely to be until 22:00. This is due to[…]

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‘Eskom must get back to basics’

South Africa’s energy crisis may well be greater than first anticipated, according to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), who recently released a report detailing the extent of the country’s electricity shortfall. IRR’s policy bulletin, written by Andrew Kenny, an engineer and energy expert, deals with the Eskom calamity and[…]

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Power supply to cost SA GDP growth: S&P

South Africa’s inconsistent electricity supply is expected to cost the country around 0.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said on Monday. “We saw 4th quarter as a fairly pleasant surprise after a fairly disappointing 2014,” chief economist for Europe, Middle East, and[…]

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Privatize Eskom: Economist

Calls are increasing for the privatization of South Africa’s sole energy provider, Eskom, as uncertainty remains over when the current spate of rolling blackouts will end. With the power grid expected to remain constrained for the foreseeable future, economists have warned that insufficient power could have a detrimental effect on[…]

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