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AF­TER A SE­RIES of black­outs, Eskom is­sued a warn­ing of more, say­ing it was short of 6 500 megawatts as 15 elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors were down. Eskom ap­pealed to busi­ness and con­sumers to con­serve elec­tric­ity, say­ing that SA would have to live with tight elec­tric­ity sup­ply un­til about 2010, when the new power sta­tions now un­der con­struc­tion would be op­er­a­tional. BUSI­NESS DAY called for an end to the “blame game” around the elec­tric­ity cri­sis: “… crit­i­cally there must be a push to get peo­ple to use less elec­tric­ity.” En­ergy an­a­lyst, Andrew Kenny, com­mented in the FM: “The rem­edy is clear pol­icy and clear re­spon­si­bil­ity. Gov­ern­ment must make Eskom legally re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing our elec­tric­ity. It must spec­ify by law what the re­quired na­tional gen­er­a­tion re­serves should be.”


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