1. Jan

    Eskom denies lying about load-shedding

    Eskom accused of lying about load-shedding Eskom has denied using load reduction to hide the amount of load-shedding it is implementing in South Africa. Following similar allegations in October 2020 and June 2021, energy analyst Ted Blom has again claimed the power utility is being devious in...
  2. Jan

    "Clean coal" reality check in South Africa

    Empty promises of clean coal in South Africa The promises of new coal-fired power generation capacity in South Africa (post-Medupi and Kusile), and in particular, the promise of ‘clean coal’ technologies, has long been in the country’s planning pipeline but has been short of a reality check as...
  3. Jan

    Eskom electricity prices versus inflation 2007-2021

    Eskom electricity prices have skyrocketed — and it's going to get worse Average electricity prices in South Africa have surged by over 582% since load-shedding was first implemented in 2007. Last year saw Eskom implement the greatest amount of load-shedding in 14 years. The utility also...
  4. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom must ban corrupt companies - Outa

    Eskom must ban corrupt companies - Outa Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage said it is a mistake for Eskom to continue to do business with companies found guilty of corruption. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha confirmed that they continue to do business with companies that had to pay back the...
  5. Hanno Labuschagne

    Medupi blast is bad news for load-shedding and electricity prices

    Medupi blast is bad news for load-shedding and electricity prices The explosion that destroyed one of the generating units at Eskom's Medupi coal power plant and caused another to trip is bad news for power tariffs and load-shedding in South Africa. Medupi Unit 4's generator sustained...
  6. Jan

    Private power generation will cost Eskom billions, but only a small fraction of its overall revenue

    Eskom will bleed billions to private power Eskom expects to lose billions in revenue due to individuals and businesses being allowed to generate more of their own electricity without a licence from Nersa. However, even though such large losses are predicted, they make up a small fraction of...
  7. Jan

    Medupi will cost between R1.5 and R2 billion to fix - De Ruyter

    Eskom's R2 billion blunder The damage caused by an explosion at the Medupi power station on Sunday night will cost between R1.5 billion and R2 billion to fix and increase the risk of load-shedding for up to two years.
  8. Hanno Labuschagne

    Shocking Eskom load-shedding data under Andre de Ruyter

    Shocking Eskom load-shedding data under Andre de Ruyter The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) released a new report which shows that South Africa experienced the worst load-shedding since 2007 under Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter. The CSIR’s half-year update of its statistics on...
  9. Jan

    7 Eskom managers suspended at Tutuka for alleged negligence

    Eskom managers suspended for alleged misconduct Seven managers at Tutuka power station have been placed on precautionary suspension pending a disciplinary process into alleged misconduct. These suspensions came after Eskom noted possible acts of continued gross negligence in the performance of...
  10. Jan

    Medupi explosion caused by mistake technicians made trying to find external leak

    Photos show devastation at Medupi after explosion Energy expert Chris Yelland has published photos showing the inside of the Unit 4 generator at Medupi power station after it exploded on Sunday night. The explosion happened at 22:50 and caused Unit 5 of Medupi to trip.
  11. L

    Inverter for Laptop

    Hello I just moved to a new place and sadly someone stole the cable and now we don' have power. It's been 3 weeks and it doesn't look like Eskom is going to come anytime soon. Currently, I use a gas stove and I have a solar lights. What can I use to power up my laptop, 2 cellphones and...
  12. Jan

    Worrying trend in unplanned outages at Eskom - CSIR

    Bad news about load-shedding in South Africa South Africa experienced 650 hours of load-shedding during the first half of 2021, and Eskom’s data shows a worrying increase in unplanned outages. This is according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has released a...
  13. Jan

    Only one arrest so far after 113 criminal charges against Eskom employees

    113 criminal charges against Eskom employees — but only 1 arrest Eskom has laid 113 criminal charges with the police related to corruption at the Medupi and Kusile power stations and across the company. However, only been one arrest related to the Kusile power station has been made, and the...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...