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  1. Jamie McKane

    South Africa's most successful companies vs Eskom and SAA

    South Africa's most successful companies vs Eskom and SAA South Africa's state-owned companies are in bad shape, with Eskom facing years of load-shedding to keep the national grid alive and SAA embroiled in a painful business rescue process. The state-owned airline was recently forced to cut a...
  2. RedViking

    The Battery Thread (Solar / Inverter)

    Seeing that there is a lot of discussion and questions around batteries for inverter and solar setups, I thought a dedicated thread is a good idea. This will help to keep the inverters threads focused on the inverters and finding information, prices, stock and general discussion and suggestion...
  3. Jamie McKane

    The available renewable energy which Minister Gwede Mantashe said does not exist

    The available renewable energy which Minister Gwede Mantashe said does not exist Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe recently claimed that available renewable energy, which could help the government to meet electricity demand, is a red herring that does not exist. Speaking at a press conference...
  4. Jamie McKane

    Massive boiler design flaw at South Africa's biggest power stations

    Massive boiler design flaw at South Africa's biggest power stations South Africa's two biggest coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, have a major design flaw which has forced Eskom to shut down power generation units. According to a report by the City Press, the height of the large...
  5. Jamie McKane

    Eskom to implement load-shedding on Sunday

    Eskom to implement load-shedding on Sunday Eskom has announced that load-shedding will be halted at 17:00 on Saturday and will resume again at 08:00 on Sunday 23 February. The power utility did not specify whether load-shedding would continue at stage 2 on Sunday or whether another stage would...
  6. Jamie McKane

    Eskom asks consumers to use less power but wants to hike prices because it sells less electricity

    Eskom asks consumers to use less power but wants to hike prices because it sells less electricity Eskom continues to ask South African consumers and businesses to use less electricity, but is now using this reduced consumption as a reason for drastically increasing prices. The power utility...
  7. Jamie McKane

    The real reason for load-shedding - And it's not what Eskom is telling you

    The real reason for load-shedding - And it's not what Eskom is telling you Contrary to what Eskom is telling South Africans, the real reason for the current load-shedding is its poorly-skilled staff and a subsequent decline in the adherence to standards of operating practices. This is the view...
  8. Jamie McKane

    This South African family lives off the Eskom grid

    This South African family lives off the Eskom grid There are a few ways to avoid load-shedding, such as buying a generator or inverter, but the only truly unaffected residents will be South Africans who live completely off the grid. The Dreckmeyr family has accomplished exactly this. Their...
  9. Jamie McKane

    Government's plan to settle Eskom municipal debt

    Government's plan to settle Eskom municipal debt The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has begun reconciling and verifying debt owed to Eskom by the country’s 257 municipalities. Appearing before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday, Public...
  10. Jamie McKane

    Government's plan to create a new power utility is "utter madness"

    Government's plan to create a new power utility is "utter madness" The government's plan to set up a new state-owned electricity generation entity separate to Eskom is "utter madness", according to Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister of mineral resources and energy Kevin Mileham. "The...
  11. Jamie McKane

    Dark days are coming for South Africa

    Dark days are coming for South Africa Energy Expert Chris Yelland has warned that load-shedding is going to last a long time, which will seriously hurt the South African economy. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter recently said that instead of continuing to defer maintenance, Eskom is now actively...
  12. Jamie McKane

    Eskom fights to hike electricity prices by 50%

    Eskom fights to hike electricity prices by 50% Eskom is seeking to recoup revenue of R27.3 billion for the 2019 financial year via its latest regulatory clearing account (RCA) application. The state-owned power utility is pushing to raise electricity prices by 10-15% next year, followed by...
  13. Jamie McKane

    Load-shedding is hurting South Africa's mining industry

    Load-shedding is hurting South Africa's mining industry South African President Cyril Ramaphosa may be running out of time to enact the reforms required to attract significant investments in the country’s mining industry. That’s the fear expressed by Sibanye Gold Ltd. Chief Executive Officer...
  14. Jamie McKane

    Unions to present R254-billion Eskom rescue plan

    Unions to present R254-billion Eskom rescue plan The Congress of South African Trade Unions, the nation’s biggest labor federation, will present its proposal to rescue state power company Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to senior members of government and the business community on Monday. The union...
  15. Jamie McKane

    Eskom could lose its biggest client - South32

    Eskom could lose its biggest client - South32 Eskom could lose the business of its biggest client following the rejection of its application for a special pricing agreement with South32, City Press reported. The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) rejected the application on Thursday...
  16. O

    Solar battery to use

    Hi I hope you're all well. Please help me with advice. With Eskom 18 months loadshedding coming I'm considering getting solar battery to connect as backup for lights, tv's and laptop's. How much battery AH do I need to keep going for 4 hours? I intend to switch off fridges and not use electric...
  17. Jamie McKane

    No load-shedding for Joburg City Power users this weekend

    No load-shedding for Joburg City Power users this weekend Stage 2 load-shedding will continue throughout the weekend, but City Power customers in Johannesburg will be unaffected. Eskom said earlier today that stage 2 load-shedding would be implemented from 09:00 on Friday until 06:00 on Monday...
  18. M

    'Do not wait to get caught': Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng

    Fin24.com: 'Do not wait to get caught': Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng
  19. Jamie McKane

    Eskom warns of load-shedding risk for Thursday evening

    Eskom warns of load-shedding risk for Thursday evening Eskom says it may need to implement load shedding on Thursday evening (30 January), following delays in its maintenance schedule. The group said that its system is under a lot of stress, with it being forced to use diesel generators to...
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