Gord­han an­nounces steps to pre­vent fur­ther load shedding

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

CAPE TOWN - Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han yes­ter­day an­nounced emer­gency steps to pre­vent fur­ther stage two load­shed­ding and con­firmed longert­erm plans to sep­a­rate the gen­er­a­tion and distri­bu­tion ca­pac­i­ties of the power util­ity.

Gord­han told a me­dia brief­ing at Eskom's Megawatt Park head­quar- ters that pub­lic ir­ri­ta­tion with sus­tained load shedding was un­der­stand­able, and the util­ity had can­celled se­nior man­agers' leave in a bid to keep the lights on over the fes­tive sea­son.

Con­firmed He 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 that the com­pany would seek an­swers from Hi­tachi, and con­firmed that the cause for planned out­ages this week was not the com­pany's coal short­age but the un­avail­abil­ity of gen­er­a­tion plants.

Gord­han and Eskom Chair­man Jabu Mabuza con­firmed that the com­pany and share­holder had placed plans be­fore rat­ing agen­cies to split Eskom's gen­er­a­tion and distri­bu­tion func­tions as part of a fu­ture strat­egy to sta­bilise the loss­mak­ing util­ity.

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