SA power crisis: how government was warned

Sinbad

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The white paper was taken out of context. Also, it was white. Damn colonials.
 

grok

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Admitting that they were properly warned would be taking responsibility. As you already know, TIA.. ain't gonna happen.
 

sox63

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Great article. Would have been more informative if it included the reasons why independent power producers didn't take up the government's invitation to invest when they tried to kill the Eskom monopoly.
 

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Great article. Would have been more informative if it included the reasons why independent power producers didn't take up the government's invitation to invest when they tried to kill the Eskom monopoly.

Because they couldn't compete with eskom on price.
Economies of scale, and the fact that most of eskom's generating capacity was paid off already.
 

Johnfpro

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It still irks me that all these "decision makers" never have to suffer the consequences of their decisions.

They don't suffer load shedding or inconvenience while traveling (blue light brigades etc. except in Cape Town). The parliamentarians that stay in the parliamentarians "compound" have their electricity not regulated by the Cape Town Municipality as those bordering on their area do i.e. they never have load shedding.
 

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Great article. Would have been more informative if it included the reasons why independent power producers didn't take up the government's invitation to invest when they tried to kill the Eskom monopoly.

That is so obvious not?
 

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Yet despite clear recommendations from the DME, the government didn’t act quickly and begin building additional capacity.

Timely steps will have to be taken to ensure that demand does not exceed available supply capacity and that appropriate strategies, including those with long lead times, are implemented in time,” the paper said.

Unfortunately forward thinking is not part and parcel of the ANC elite's natural capabilities and on top of it they were to busy thinking up new corruption schemes to defraud the taxpayer from their hard earned money so the brainless leadership never had the time to think logically even if they could even manage that.
 
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sox63

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That is so obvious not?

It would be nice to have an official report on the reasons. I also thought price of electricity was too low back then for incoming investors to make profits that justify a reasonable return on investment
 

Mortymoose

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It makes no difference..... We were there, we saw it , we did boggerall, and now...... well now we are here!
 

etienne_marais

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It makes no difference..... We were there, we saw it , we did boggerall, and now...... well now we are here!

Correct, problems need to be confronted. On one hand democrazy entails infinite criticizing on the other we have a culture of believing that the powers that be will sort things out.
 
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