It is critical that we develop an energy plan for Eskom - Mabuza

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It is critical that we develop an energy plan for Eskom - Mabuza

Eskom’s Acting Group Chief Executive Officer Jabu Mabuza says government’s financial support remains important in addressing short-term liquidity concerns.

He also said that creating an energy plan for the power utility and the country remained critical in an ever-changing energy landscape. [SANews]
 

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Err.... duh!

We've needed a plan a long time ago - stop yapping and actually do something constructive ffs...
 

eg2505

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or better yet, kill 2 birds with one stone,
get all the fat and lazy politicians onto exercise bikes and connect them to a generator
and give power back to the people, and keep fit at the same time.

or even better, harness all the hot air they spew out, to heat water like a nuclear reactor
to spin turbines.

or even better, burn all the methane that comes from nkaaaaaaaaaaandla
to generate power.
 

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Does whatever the plans are deal with the 10-fold increase, year-on-year, of operating losses for Eskom? Going from a operating loss of R2.1-billion to R20.1-billion in a year...fsck me that's projectile-vomit levels of waste.

Furthermore, our piss-poor journalists point-blank refuse to push these critical matters in fear of losing their press-credentials.
 

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This CEO's whole plan for Eksdom is for the government to ready their bail-out bags.. :mad:

What we need is a pre-1994 CEO, those guys may have been racist but they bloody well knew how to run a business.
 

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Wow I mean wow, this should've been something that's ongoing and in implementation, but wait this is the great ANC who's only job is to steal.
 

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This in from France on Twitter :


Gabrielle Hecht
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Summary in English of this @Mediapart article on Flamanville #nuclear site, under construction in #France since 2007: -cost went up another 1.5 billion euros, for current total of 12.4 billion - manufacturing & construction problems abound,... 1/8

...and if they hadn't been called out by #ASN, the national #nuclear regulator, the reactor would've been put in service despite MANY such problems - regardless of political party, successive French govts back EDF above all other considerations...2/8

- e.g. French govts pushed EDF contract to build #nuclear reactor in Hinkley Point, UK. NOTE: in a historical FIRST, EDF employees (engineers, skilled workers) opposed that contract despite claims that it would keep the utility in business (employees knew better)... 3/8

- for the govt(s), it's all about the "excellence" of the French #nuclear industry. An industry which is now going down in flames (though hopefully not literally) - of course bill will be footed by French taxpayers. 4/8

Summing up: World #nuclear leader #France takes minimum 15 years to finish reactor, goes billions over budget, and still no guarantee that the thing will be able to operate safely. #nuclear = "solution" to climate crisis? Really? 5/8

Also, must be said that #ASN - the national regulator - is emerging as a hero here. Contrast to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission which proposes to reduce inspections at US #nuclear plants. 6/8

Time to stop this nonsense. No more new reactors. Don't invest billions to extend life on old ones. Instead, expand the decommissioning industry. 7/8

And take the #nuclear waste problem seriously. #france is, w/ Andra. Here I part company with the anti-nuke crowd. We need to put this **** away somewhere, not leave it where it can generate even more vulnerability. Don't let perfect be enemy of good. Rant over. 8/8

Original French (paywalled link) : https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/ec...edium=social&utm_campaign=Sharing&xtor=CS3-67
 
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I'm just glad we dodged a major bullet with the proposed nuclear deal under Zuma... seeing the above, I think it is better that we look at alternatives besides coal and nuclear.
 

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Eskom’s Acting Group Chief Executive Officer Jabu Mabuza says government’s taxpayers financial support remains important in addressing short-term liquidity concerns.
This CEO's whole plan for Eksdom is for the government taxpayers to ready their bail-out bags.. :mad:

What we need is a pre-1994 CEO, those guys may have been racist but they bloody well knew how to run a business.
FTFY
 

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What needs to be done and what will actually be done, will be two completely separate things. All the talk about increasing losses and liquidity issues, but no plan from the government to pay Eskom the outstanding arrears of R20 billion owed by the municipalities.
 

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This CEO's whole plan for Eksdom is for the government to ready their bail-out bags.. :mad:

What we need is a pre-1994 CEO, those guys may have been racist but they bloody well knew how to run a business.
People like Ian McRae were no racists.

While McRae was making his name as an award-winning writer, Ian, by then Eskom’s chief executive, was setting up clandestine meetings with ANC supporters (and later with Cyril Ramaphosa and Nelson Mandela) in his successful campaign to electrify Soweto and Orange Farm. Jess was putting her energies behind the building of a nursery and old-age home in Alexandra township.
https://mg.co.za/article/2012-04-05-reliving-apartheids-dying-days

Even the government propaganda doesn't view him as such:
On the 23 November 1993, at a presentation of national orders ceremony in Cape Town. Dr Ian McRae received the order of Meritorious Service (Gold) from the State President. In the citation to the award, Dr McRae was named as one of the leading businessmen in South Africa, actively working to supply all of South Africa’s people with electricity. “He strives to use energy as an agent for peace and to create an organisation which is productive and developing all of its people at the same time.”
http://www.eskom.co.za/sites/heritage/Pages/DR-IAN-McRAE.aspx
 
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