Though we always experience power failures of some sort, only recently have them become so drastic, than instead of the odd substation having a fault, we now have these deliberate power failures - AKA the pc term load shedding.
So if one investigates what has changed over the last few months that can cause such a huge and drastic effect on our power supply, and the only obvious thing I can see is the Gautrain construction?
According to today’s Sunday Times the Gautrain construction draws power from over 40 various substations - can this be the cause of our current electricity crises? (Obviously there are also other factors, such as poor maintenance etc, as well, which are contributing to the crisis)
The Gautrain is probably the biggest ongoing BEE and any project in South Africa, (probably in the whole of Africa). There is no way, because of the huge investment that has been done, that construction would be halted, it would probably mean the end of every BEE company in the country.
I think the link between the directors of Eskom, Government and Gautrain need to be scrutinised and also if we could get told exactly how much power/electricity the construction of the Gautrain uses.
One could argue that the mines are losing money, and that maybe we could end up losing 2010 but if Eskom directors are in bed with the 26 Billion Gautrain investment they may just be turning a blind eye to all the other issues and losses caused by the “load shedding”.
I may be way off here, but it is something to consider!