2021 load ‘shedding’ was a warm up, hold my beer!

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2021 load ‘shedding’ was a warm up, hold my beer!

1 week ago

2021 was Eskom’s worst performance since inception in terms of number of days of load shedding/reduction. The aging generation plants are sorely in need of maintenance and Kusile and Medupi are still generating nowhere near the capacity they were designed for. It is unlikely they ever will. Ongoing design and construction flaws as well as…

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Solar has become a necessity, no longer a luxury. Eskom wants another 20.5%

1 month ago

South Africa has faced its worst bout of load shedding since it became ‘a thing’. Despite numerous attempts at trying to stop the death spiral, Eskom finds itself at odds with those both internally and externally that have been making a killing out of rampant corruption at the expense of the (fast diminishing) taxpayers. Solar…

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Load ‘shedding’ – the worst is yet to come

2 months ago

The recent bout of load shedding has brought South Africa to the brink. Complete lack of political will by Gwede Mantashe to fast track existing renewable solar farms and expedite new ones have been all talk and no action. Not one extra watt of generation has been brought on line since 2017 despite Kusile and…

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Electricity prices are up over 582% since 2007 and climbing fast!

4 months ago

Like many things related to (mis)government, Eskom has seen spiralling production and productivity despite a severely bloated and blatantly uninspired workforce. Increasing debt and a wage bill far out of kilter with the mechanics of the organisation. It is easy to blame de Ruyter for these chain of events, but they were a long time…

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The threshold for private power generation “is” now 100MW but…….

5 months ago

Cyril’s decision to raise the threshold for private power generation to 100MW was met with a standing ovation from the industry and the country as a whole. Gwede was punting 10MW, Industry was pushing 50MW as a minimum. Clearly the huge and unexpected jump in threshold was progress at it’s best. A visionary decision, one…

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Eskom and renewables: 1 step forward and a half-step back

5 months ago

Like most government influenced institutions, Eskom and Gwede are not full of will in order to get things done. This is probably more true of Gwede Mantashe than it is of Eskom’s newest CEO, who, despite probably having lots of behind the scenes politics, has done some quite impressive things so far. The recent leap…

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load shedding 2027: You are in it for the long haul

6 months ago

Eskom is the gift that keeps on giving. You probably are not enjoying the gift you are getting but unless you are planning to counter excessive inflationary electricity increases, continual load shedding, loss of production and the list goes on…..you really need to plan on being able to sustain your home or business through the…

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Load shedding along with your13%+ price increase is going nowhere soon

6 months ago

Some positives have come out of this sector recently. Eskom managed to bring down it’s (our) debt by some R80 billion, Cyril (I’m shocked) Ramaphosa has announced that industry can build up to 100MW plants without going through the 6 year approval process from NERSA. That is quite a dramatic turn of events for two…

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(Winter) load shedding

8 months ago

We have had a fairly decent spell of continuous grid supply. It was too good to be true especially with winter looming that brings increased personal consumption, just in time for that Eskom increase to rub salt in the wound. The Eskom spokesperson has indicated that recent load shedding was due to some power units…

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Gwede Mantashe: Why & where is the (political) will?

8 months ago

The world over governments are hampered by politicians who are in place due to the popular vote, rather than their knowledge and ability. As South Africa blunders from one power crisis to the next, heading this charge is our very own minister of mineral resources and energy. For the last decade while Eskom has been…

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