electricity crisis

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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Power cuts chance low to medium: Eskom

The chance of power cuts on Wednesday is low to medium, power utility Eskom said on Wednesday. “Today’s load shedding prognosis is low to medium. Medium to high during the evening, dependent on the performance of the generating plant,” the electricity supplier posted on its Twitter account at 8.48am. On[…]

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Cosatu wants Eskom probed

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown must investigate the crises within Eskom, Cosatu said on Tuesday. “The Congress of SA Trade Unions calls on the minister to investigate the root causes of the problems in Eskom and take stern action against those who have failed to do their job to ensure[…]

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Power cuts expected over weekend: Eskom

Rotational power cuts will be implemented this weekend in a bid to increase Eskom’s water and diesel reserves, the parastatal said on Friday. “The power system is extremely constrained today and into the weekend, which will necessitate the use of open cycle gas turbines for most of today,” Eskom said[…]

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