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?

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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

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