1. Jan

    Eskom not being honest about problems at Medupi

    Eskom hiding the truth about Medupi Energy experts have slated Eskom’s announcement that the last unit of the Medupi power station achieved commercial operation, which marks the completion of the project. Eskom said the last of six generation units of the Medupi power station in Lephalale...
  2. Jan

    Eskom says it finished Medupi and expects to spend no more than R135 billion

    Medupi finished — but R154 billion over-budget Eskom announced that the Medupi Power Station project’s last of six generation units has attained commercial operation status and was handed over to the power utility’s Generation division. The capital cost of the project is R122 billion so far...
  3. Jan

    Eskom boss Andre de Ruyter catches Covid-19

    Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter tests positive for Covid-19 Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has tested positive for Covid-19, Netwerk24 has reported. The Afrikaans news site confirmed with the utility's spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha that the 52-year-old De Ruyter tested positive for the virus last week.
  4. Jan

    What Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter's uses for backup power during load-shedding

    Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter's backup power during load-shedding A few backup lights and a small battery-inverter system that can last for the typical duration of load-shedding are the backup power solutions Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter uses at home. The CEO recently spoke to MyBroadband about his...
  5. Jan

    Four Western Cape municipalities owe Eskom R156 million - DA

    Four municipalities owe Eskom R156 million The Department of Local Government in the Western Cape has revealed that every single ANC-led municipality in the province owes debt to Eskom in excess of 90 days.
  6. Jan

    Affordable battery-powered and solar-charged lights for the next round of load-shedding

    Keep the lights on during load-shedding — starting from R60 You don't have to light up candles or carry a flashlight around when load-shedding strikes at night. There is a multitude of affordable battery and solar-powered options available in South Africa to light up your home during power...
  7. Jan

    Outdated Eskom and municipal electricity standard for solar power is based on absurd assumption - Chris Yelland

    Absurd assumption about solar power for homes in South Africa When it comes to domestic, grid-tied, rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in South Africa, as with so many other aspects in the country’s electricity supply industry, outdated thinking and reactionary rules are holding back the...
  8. Jan

    Eskom warns of sudden load-shedding if there are any more breakdowns

    Load-shedding warning for South Africa Eskom has warned that it may be forced to implement load-shedding at short notice should further generating capacity losses occur. "Due to the severely cold weather in parts of the country, coupled with the loss of some generation capacity, Eskom would...
  9. Jan

    Eskom warns intense cold front will put strain on power grid

    Load-shedding warning for South Africa Eskom has urged the public to reduce electricity usage as the South African Weather Service forecasts extremely cold weather this week. "Eskom has not implemented load-shedding since 13 June 2021 due to some improvement in the performance of the...
  10. Jan

    Emergency power plans in chaos in South Africa

    South Africa's emergency power plans in disarray Following the announcement on 18 March 2021 of preferred bidders for 2000 MW of new emergency generation capacity in South Africa, the “non-negotiable” timelines for both financial closure by the end of July 2021 and power to the grid by mid to...
  11. Hanno Labuschagne

    The true reason for load-shedding in South Africa

    The true reason for load-shedding in South Africa South Africa has experienced load-shedding since 2007 because the country failed to build new power stations to keep up with economic growth and replace ageing generation plants. Between 1961 and 1991, Eskom completed 14 new power stations with...
  12. Hanno Labuschagne

    No money for Eskom to fix or decommission run-down power plants

    No money for Eskom to fix or decommission run-down power plants Eskom does not have enough money to repair or refurbish sixteen of its 99 coal generation units, City Press reported. As a result, these generation units — with a combined generating capacity of 2,635 megawatts — are not used...
  13. Jan

    Eskom wants to adapt or shut down most of its coal plants by 2050, needs R143 billion

    Eskom needs R143 billion to shut down coal plants by 2050 Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state power utility, needs $10 billion to shut most of its coal-fired plants by 2050, a company official said. The utility is in talks with development finance institutions to raise the money, the...
  14. Jan

    Electricity price hikes kick in tomorrow (1 July 2021)

    South African electricity prices increase tomorrow — how much more you will pay Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban residents will pay between 13.48% and 14.59% more for electricity from 1 July. These price hikes follow the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa's) approval of...
  15. Jan

    How much renewable power you can build in South Africa for R451 billion - the cost of Medupi and Kusile

    How much renewable power South Africa can build for the cost of Medupi and Kusile Around 17,000MW of renewable energy capacity can be built for the same cost as Eskom’s troubled Medupi and Kusile coal power stations, estimates from energy expert Chris Yelland have shown. The two 4,800MW power...
  16. Jan

    From fanfare to fiasco - South Africa's emergency plan to fight load-shedding

    Emergency powership plan to end load-shedding in South Africa — from fanfare to fiasco The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialized nation to intermittent blackouts...
  17. Jan

    Eskom rubbishes allegations of Duvha coal supply corruption linked to ANC

    Eskom dismisses allegations of corruption linked to ANC Eskom has dismissed allegations from mining and energy advisor Ted Blom that a recent coal supply agreement with Seriti Resources is corrupt. Last month, Seriti Resources announced that Eskom agreed to amend the existing Duvha coal supply...
  18. Jan

    South Africans should never have accepted load-shedding 14 years ago - Eskom

    South Africans should never accept load-shedding, says Eskom South Africans should have never accepted load-shedding when it started 14 years ago, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. Speaking to ENCA, he said a lack of maintenance and not bringing new generation capacity online is...
  19. Jan

    Eskom CEO receiving death threats

    Death threats against Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has been facing death threats and unfounded allegations after starting a clean-up operation at the power utility. This was revealed in a News24 interview where he discussed his work to turn around the company which has...
  20. Hanno Labuschagne

    More bad news for load-shedding today after evening peak demand hits highest level yet

    More bad news for load-shedding today after evening peak demand hits highest level yet Eskom will increase load-shedding from stage 2 to stage 3 on Thursday after further breakdowns at three power stations. The utility yesterday implemented stage 4 load-shedding for 8 hours, but moved back to...