Cri­sis steps for Eskom mooted

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PUB­LIC En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han yes­ter­day an­nounced emer­gency steps to pre­vent fur­ther stage 2 load shedding and con­firmed longer-term plans to sep­a­rate Eskom’s gen­er­a­tion and distri­bu­tion ca­pac­i­ties.

Gord­han said at the power util­ity’s Megawatt Park head­quar­ters pub­lic ir­ri­ta­tion with sus­tained load shedding was un­der­stand­able and that se­nior man­agers’ leave had been can­celled in a bid to keep the lights on over the fes­tive sea­son. He apol­o­gised to the coun­try for the in­con­ve­nience and said he had told Eskom it was not com­mu­ni­cat­ing the cri­sis ad­e­quately to the pub­lic. “Send­ing out a tweet about load shedding is not com­mu­ni­cat­ing.”

He added that Eskom would have “a very in­ten­sive look over the next 10 days at what ex­actly the prob­lems are” and that “hope­fully, from the end of next week we will not see the level of load shedding we have been hav­ing”.

The min­is­ter con­firmed that Medupi and Kusile power plants were not func­tion­ing op­ti­mally and said the blame should go to con­trac­tors.

Chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Jan Ober­holzer sug­gested the com­pany seek an­swers from Hi­tachi and con­firmed the un­avail­abil­ity of gen­er­a­tion plants had led to the planned out­ages. | See Busi­ness Re­port

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