- Feb 26, 2011
https://mg.co.za/article/2018-12-06-gordhan-cancels-christmas-break-for-eskom-execsEskom management will be working throughout the festive season to resolve the operational challenges which have resulted in stage two electricity blackouts across the country. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told media on Thursday Christmas leave for senior management has been cancelled and each would be deployed to individual power stations to assess the issues on the ground.
“We are in an emergency mode. When you are in a crisis you deploy all your resources where they are most required, not sitting at Megawatt Park because they are in head office. That would be irresponsible,” said Gordhan. Gordhan told the public it could rest assured there would be no load-shedding between December 15 2018 and January 15 2019 as this is a low electricity demand period when most businesses are closed for the holidays.
“Management must assure us that they are working towards that objective,” said Gordhan. The minister said within the next week he wants to know what the state of the utility’s power generation capacity would be between mid-January up to the end of March 2019. Ideally, there will not be stage two load shedding when South Africans have returned to work, he added.
The briefing was intended to provide clarity on why the country was experiencing blackouts and provide transparency on how the utility was resolving the problems.