Power cuts aren't over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel - Chris Yelland


Honorary Master
Oct 4, 2012
That is exactly what happened late in 2007. Eskom announced that, with reserves running lower than 8% in some areas, they would need to implement a blackout schedule – known as load shedding –to prevent crashing the entire national grid. When asked how long this situation would last, the answer was: We don’t know. It could be as long as seven years.
While Molefe still sees a risk of rolling power cuts in the next few years, he expects to complete all aspects of his plan by 2022.
In his response to the 2015 Presidency Budget Vote debate on Tuesday, Zuma said: “the model indicates that demand will exceed supply for the next 24 to 36 months. To increase supply, Eskom is implementing a structured planned maintenance programme to ensure that the availability of all power stations is improved.”
“It is important to recognise that due to the unreliability and unpredictability of the system, the risk of load shedding remains,” he said.

“This will be the reality until after the 18 months of reliability maintenance, which will last until August 2021.
Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says that South Africa will see “significantly reduced” load shedding by September 2021.
Eskom’s plant availability has improved from 69.9% in October last year to 76.3% at the end of April this year. The utility company’s boss Khulu Phasiwe assured that it will keep the lights on for good (2016)
As we begin the long and difficult recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, we can draw encouragement, confidence and hope from the measures we are taking now to address our immediate electricity challenges and secure our energy supply well into the future. ( Cyril Ramaphosa 28 September 2020)


Herr der Verboten

Honorary Master
Feb 14, 2012
Light at the end of the load-shedding tunnel

Eskom and South Africa are on course to resolving the country's electricity crisis, EE Business Intelligence managing director and energy expert Chris Yelland has stated.

Yelland has often been cautionary or given a negative outlook on the future of rotational power cuts in South Africa, making the positive developments he highlighted significant.
/performs 10 prostrations to jesus christ yelland.


Active Member
Sep 6, 2011
If any of this is even slightly true, Gwede Mantashe would be screaming objections and conspiracy theories as his graft is endangered if Eskom stops coal power......

Martin 007

Well-Known Member
Aug 16, 2019
It's going to depend on your local municipality and province, feeling sorry for those living in municipalities which are run by theives. The best R40k was a small solar system one simply cannot living hoping for power.


Executive Member
Sep 2, 2008
"Eskom’s Just Energy Transition and other JET plans will see Eskom decommission most of its coal-fired power plants by 2030"

By "decommission" you mean they stopped working altogether. This one I can believe.

The restructuring/unbundling of Eskom’s transmission division into a separate entity by the end of 2022.

Did you run that past the thousands of workers and unions who will burn you to the ground? Oh you did

The establishment of the new national transmission company for South Africa to support more electricity generators.

“more electricity generators “, you mean open gas turbines? Great idea guys, that's what we need more of, when you run out of diesel money we can use whisky to power them. The only thing they’ll be supporting is more money down the drain. Let me guess… proper BEEE success story in the making?

Changes to the Electricity Regulation Act to put in place the necessary legal framework for the above, recently published for public comment.

Everything’s always published for comment but phokol ever happens. There's my comment, can we get this done now?

Regulatory and pricing methodology changes underway in light of the above.

You mean charging us more and nailing those who go off-grid, yes, we know.

The establishment of electricity and balancing markets.

You mean, providing electricity, yes that would be nice, kinda your job. You have one.

Municipal generation and procurements from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) by metros.

Imagine investing millions or billions and then one day one of these geniuses in government decide to change the laws when they realize it's hard to steal from privateers. Also, a list of these go-getters would be nice.

Facilitating bilateral and multilateral power purchasing agreements for electricity wheeling and trading.

“purchasing agreements” Yes, so instead of just coal purchasing agreements that worked out so well for us we’ll now have tons of new corruption avenues.

A significant increase in IPPs due to bid windows 5, 6, and 7 of the renewable energy IPP procurement programme (REIPPP)

Yeah theoretical IPPs who provide power to a collapsing grid.

A gas-to-power procurement programme that will add 3,000MW of capacity to the grid.

“procurement”.. you mean bro-curement. Lekker vet corruption again that will amount to nothing but headline articles and heads shaking if anything ever comes of it.

Battery storage procurement by Eskom in terms of the Integrated Resource Plan.

Another “procurement” for something that will be hideously overpriced, installed by overseas companies and dismantled by our local geniuses.

Significant self-generation, embedded generation, and distributed generation by customers.

You mean, the same public-funded double tax we’re already forced to pay to save our own asses and the one that Eskom wants to nail you for not using or will be complaining about for the foreseeable future? Do we all get to pump additional energy into this half-century old grid?