1. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom is losing business to private power

    Eskom is losing business to private power South Africa’s independent power producers are eating into Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s electricity sales, which are projected to fall 2% per year between now and 2027, according to Fitch Ratings Ltd. Pressure on sales volumes is one of the factors that...
  2. Jan

    Eskom-as-we-know-it will cease to exist like SAA and SAPO - Dawie Roodt

    Kiss Eskom goodbye Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt predicts that Eskom would follow the same path as South African Airways (SAA) and the South African Post Office (SAPO) and “simply come to an end”. “Eskom is completely bankrupt. It has been operationally and financially run into...
  3. Jan

    Benefits of banning the sale of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs outweigh drawbacks - Grant Pattison

    Why banning old "globes" and "energy saver" lights in South Africa is a good thing If the entire South Africa could switch immediately from less efficient incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to LED lamps, it could prevent up to two stages of load-shedding. This is according to Heliogen’s...
  4. Jan

    Treasury says Eskom will report R21.2 billion before-tax loss - R7.6 billion higher than budgeted

    Eskom is in deep financial trouble Eskom's financial situation has deteriorated further, with the power utility reporting a R21.2 billion loss before tax for its last financial year — R7.6 billion more than it had budgeted. Moreover, the state-owned power utility's debt increased by almost 11%...
  5. Jan

    Load-shedding makes fixing fibre breaks harder, explains FNO

    Why fibre breaks can take longer to fix during load-shedding Fibre operators' support teams can be heavily impacted by load-shedding, resulting in fibre break fixes taking longer than expected. This is according to Evotel general manager Bradley Bekker, who added that while fibre network...
  6. Jan

    Delays in returning 10 generating units to service - stage 6 power cuts

    Back to stage 6 — Eskom announces increased load-shedding Eskom has announced an alternating schedule of stage 4 and stage 6 power cuts until further notice.
  7. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom wants to build 3,000MW gas power station — without spending its own money

    Eskom wants to build 3,000MW gas power station — without spending its own money The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved Eskom's plan to build a 3,000MW gas power station in Richards Bay. Sunday newspaper Rapport reports that Nersa recently backtracked on its previous...
  8. Hanno Labuschagne

    Stage 4 and 5 rotation for the week

    Stage 4 and 5 rotation for the week Eskom will implement stage 5 night-time and stage 4 day-time load-shedding until further notice. In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the power utility announced its unplanned breakdowns amounted to 18,144MW of generating capacity.
  9. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom might get its first woman CEO

    Eskom might get its first woman CEO Central Energy Fund (CEF) chairperson and former Eskom executive of customer services — Ayanda Noah — is included on a shortlist of potential candidates to take over as the utility's CEO. That is according to City Press and Rapport's sources within Eskom.
  10. Hanno Labuschagne

    Performance of Eskom's power plants rapidly deteriorating

    Performance of Eskom's power plants rapidly deteriorating Eskom’s latest energy availability factor shows the power utility’s performance is rapidly declining, with big problems ahead to keep the lights on. Energy analyst Chris Yelland revealed that Eskom’s EAF for the first 19 weeks of the...
  11. Hanno Labuschagne

    Stage 2 is the best Eskom can do this weekend

    Stage 2 is the best Eskom can do this weekend Eskom has published its planned load-shedding schedule for the coming weekend, with bad news for those that had hoped for significant relief from the rotational power cuts. The utility will implement stage 5 load-shedding over most of the period...
  12. Jan

    Eskom, unions agree to "injury time" for wage negotiations

    Eskom unions reject 5.25% salary increase Eskom has assured that its three recognized trade unions have committed to a fourth round of wage negotiations in June after they couldn’t reach an agreement this week. Last year, Eskom workers went on an unprotected strike, with union leaders...
  13. Jan

    Webber Wentzel outlines what homeowners and businesses should consider to qualify for solar tax breaks

    Solar tax breaks in South Africa — what homeowners and businesses should know The demand for solar power equipment in South Africa will likely rise with the country's new solar incentives, but homeowners and businesses must know what to do to qualify for the tax breaks. Partners at Webber...
  14. B

    Protocol for informing public of total grid collapse?

    Call me paranoid, I think it is worth the effort for me to plan for such an event. Just want to know if their is an official framework for how Eskom should inform the public about a total grid collapse... I am aware that most of the technical documents relating to the protocol of a grid black...
  15. Jan

    Joburg announces plan to overhaul load-shedding, including excluding some businesses from power cuts

    Joburg announces load-shedding schedule overhaul — with businesses excluded from power cuts The City of Johannesburg has announced a sea change in its approach to load-shedding that will start rolling out gradually from June 2023. It has overhauled its load-shedding schedules and will exclude...
  16. Jan

    Johannesburg proposes big changes to load-shedding schedules

    Johannesburg proposes big changes to load-shedding schedules The power-distribution utility in South Africa’s commercial capital is in talks with the state electricity company to reduce the duration of outages in the city of more than 5 million people. City Power officials proposed that the...
  17. Jan

    Stage 6 power cuts wreck DStv viewership and causes subscribers to cancel

    What stage 6 load-shedding does to DStv MultiChoice CFO Tim Jacobs said a direct correlation exists between increased load-shedding and a decline in active DStv subscribers. Still, there are positive signs for the pay-TV operator. Jacobs shared information about the impact of load-shedding on...
  18. Hanno Labuschagne

    Cape Town wants Eskom Direct out of its territory

    Cape Town wants Eskom Direct out of its territory Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is in talks with Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to take over the supply of electricity in areas of the metro served by the state power utility. The municipality oversees the provision about 70% of the...
  19. Hanno Labuschagne

    Two big Eskom power stations could get life extensions

    Two big Eskom power stations could get life extensions South Africa is considering extending the lives of some of its biggest coal-fired power plants as the government seeks to bolster the country’s long-term energy security amid a deepening crisis. Kendal and Lethabo, two plants that...
  20. Jan

    Renewable energy developers moan too much about grid capacity in the Cape and should build in the East - Montalto

    South Africa's grid is full — and Eskom isn't doing enough to upgrade it Eskom's transmission grid in several provinces is full — or close to it — and the power utility is only spending a fraction of the money necessary to upgrade it. This is according to Intellidex's managing director for...