SA could be spending the festive season in the dark


151 days ago

Is it going to be a dark festive season for the country?

Eskom has appealed to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly as it battles to bring a coal supply shortage under control.

Eskom's CEO Phakamani Hadebe has said that 10 coal-fired power stations had less than 20 coal stock days, as per the grid code requirement.

Eusebius McKaiser discussed the continued crisis in energy security with energy analyst Chris Yelland, academic Anton Eberhard & Eskom's Andrew Etzinger.

We've warned that in the coming summer there might load shedding from time to time due to the fact that power stations we have are undermaintained. They are not performing the way they are supposed to.

Andrew Etzinger, Eskom executive

We are at risk of load shedding from time to time.

Andrew Etzinger, Eskom executive

READ: Can Eskom avoid load shedding?

The performance of Eskom has deteriorated in the few years.

University of Cape Town professor emeritus Anton Eberhard

Eskom's management and governance has been destabilised in the last ten years. During the 10 years of Zuma, we had 7 different CEOs and 4 different chairs of the board.

University of Cape Town professor emeritus Anton Eberhard

ALSO READ: Eskom wants you to pay 19.9% more for electricity… or else!

There are 5 power stations with less than 10 days.

Chris Yelland, Energy analyst

There is no shortage of coal in South Africa, there are mountains of coal. The problem is getting the right quality of coal at the right place, right price and the right time.

Chris Yelland, Energy analyst

Listen to the full interview below...

This article first appeared on 702 : SA could be spending the festive season in the dark

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