Crisis steps for Eskom mooted
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