Eskom aims to play ball
THE lights will stay on during the World Cup – even if this means plunging homes and firms into darkness, says Eskom spokeswoman Nto Rikhotso.
“We are confident Eskom will be able to deliver sufficient bulk electricity supplies during the World Cup,” she said.
Fears had been raised that stadiums and cities would be left in the dark as an energy-stressed Eskom embarked on a new round of load-shedding or experienced power station failures.
Rikhotso allayed fears that the lights might go out during some of the evening games, saying all the necessary arrangements had been made to ensure supplies were not interrupted as the world's attention turns to South Africa in June/July.
In preparation for the soccer spectacle, Eskom was performing risk assessments across the electricity supply chain.
These included ensuring the integrity of supply, examining activities within power stations as well as making sure all was well in the transmission division, which was responsible for the network of 28 000km of power lines, and the distribution division, which linked to municipalities.
Electricity command centres, comprising Eskom and municipalities, were being established to deal with supply issues should anything go wrong during the games.