Eskom's Hadebe: We'll Be With Load Shedding For The Next 6 Months

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JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe said load shedding could end within the next six months.

Speaking on Radio 702 on Tuesday, Hadebe explained: “It will be something that we will be working on to conclude at least for six months or so. After six months, it [load shedding] will be far less than where we are.”

His comments come after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan earlier said at a press briefing that Eskom would be out of the woods in the next year or two.

Hadebe has also defended government’s decision to bring in external engineers from Italy to assist the beleaguered power utility with its challenges.

Hadebe said there was nothing wrong with government bringing in additional experts to help Eskom with maintenance.

“I think this [load shedding] is a challenge and everyone is aware of the impact it will have on the South African economy, and for that we are apologising. There’s nothing wrong about government deciding to bring in additional experts to come and assist in moving this forward. And I think it will be very naive of us to assume that we are the only ones who can solve this.”

In February, Gordhan announced in Parliament that engineers from Italian energy company Enel would assist Eskom with investigating the structural challenges facing the power producer.

Hadebe said the biggest challenge Eskom faced was the deteriorating state of its power stations due a lack of maintenance over the years.
Listen to the full interview with Phakamani Hadebe below: The Xolani Gwala Show
 

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Personally i do not give a f about electricity after hours as my hiking friends know me too well.
Luckily at work in our area we never have load shedding.
But at the end of the day if our ESKOM did collapse and die I can adjust day to day :)
 

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6 months huh. This may be it boys. This will be the one thing that will spark off a mass exodus.

Oh and btw gz Phakamani Hadebe you have front row seats to watching it all go down. Grab your popcorn and buckle up son.
 

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Personally i do not give a f about electricity after hours as my hiking friends know me too well.
Luckily at work in our area we never have load shedding.
But at the end of the day if our ESKOM did collapse and die I can adjust day to day :)
Huh, so there are exempt areas in the country?
 

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Personally i do not give a f about electricity after hours as my hiking friends know me too well.
Luckily at work in our area we never have load shedding.
But at the end of the day if our ESKOM did collapse and die I can adjust day to day :)
True, but fact of the matter is that, without a functioning economy you will get by for only so long, until such time you will have no other option but leaving the country.
 

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Strange thought with all the talk of the people leaving the country:
Will all the Nigerians, Cameroonians etc now go to Namiba or Botswana? :unsure:
 

Chuckmyster

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True, but fact of the matter is that, without a functioning economy you will get by for only so long, until such time you will have no other option but leaving the country.
you sound like my fiend Terrorist Tim that left for UK last year :) Great school bud and he fought Afgan wars and took Bin Laden down and all the rest, I can tell you great stories around a campfire of my bud that I have lost due to RSA been the last country in Africa that is successful :)
 

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CBD seems to be exempt for now. Unless they loadshed after 6pm.
Every municipality is entitled to come up with their own plan. As long as it meets the required Eskom load shedding stages, it will be authorised.

There is always a bit of slack built into the system for such cases. As I said in another thread, you do not want people getting stuck in lifts in highrise buildings, etc.
 

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Every municipality is entitled to come up with their own plan. As long as it meets the required Eskom load shedding stages, it will be authorised.

There is always a bit of slack built into the system for such cases. As I said in another thread, you do not want people getting stuck in lifts in highrise buildings, etc.
I avoid a lift as far as possible...... Do not want to know what it must feel like to be stuck in one. No thank you! Stairs here.....here.... /breaths heavily......here I come....
 
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