FINQUESTION OF THE WEEK
Do you think Government is doing enough to ensure that Eskom’s continued power failure is not negatively affecting the business community?
THE Government is facilitating short- and longterm mitigation measures, such as the procurement of diesel generators, consumption reductions by energy intensive consumers and fast-tracking of the building of additional power stations.
THEMBANI BUKULA head of electricity regulation, National Energy Regulator of SA
WE do not have enough generating capacity to meet our growing electricity demand, predicted 10 years ago. The Government must stop blustering, admit the problem and announce a plan for dealing with it.
ANDREW KENNY independent energy analyst
YES, the Government is doing enough particularly regarding the new generation capacity challenge. Electricity infrastructure plans (25 years) are in place. Plans are well advanced to construct a largescale coal-fired power plant and a pumped storage plant.
ALEC ERWIN Minister of Public Enterprises
IT’S not really the role of Government, but it is the role of Eskom management and its board to anticipate power consumption and capacity.
BHEKI SIBIYA CEO of Smartvest and former CEO of Business Unity SA