Eskom aims to play ball

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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