Power tight approaching winter

Vereeniging Power station. Picture: Marianne Schwankhart
Vereeniging Power station. Picture: Marianne Schwankhart

Electricity supply will be extremely tight from April to July, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Johannesburg on Tuesday (25/02/2014).

“As we are heading to winter, I would like to urge that electricity be used carefully,” he said at a briefing by Eskom on the state of its system.

He said improvement of Eskom’s maintenance practices was moving in the right direction.
“This will eventually ensure long-term security of reliable electricity supply.”

He urged the country to continue supporting Eskom’s effort to “keep the lights on”.

“No effort is insignificant in this regard.” – Sapa

2 thoughts on “Power tight approaching winter

  • February 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    The Electricity crisis started in 2008! At the time we found that the A.N.C. had made no plans at all for new power stations despite drastically increasing the number of electricity consumers since 1994.It is now 2014! SIX YEARS LATER and not one new power station or new electricity source has come on line and we are still short of electricity! WHY? In six years or 2190 days you could n’t get another power station on line???? Same story digital migration! Same story S.A.B.C. Boss has no matric certificate!!!! Get people who are COMPETENT to run this country!!! PLEASE!!!

    • February 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Charles – It takes a little longer than 6 years to build a major power station and then to bring it online. As per Eskom website about Medupi power station “Construction activities commenced in May 2007, with the first of the six units of the power plant planned for first power by the end of 2014”.
      While I agree with you that competent people need to be found to run the country, don’t just shoot off without doing a little research first.


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