The truth about load-shedding in South Africa

recre8

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Governments own fault for not introducing some kind of competition. In the UK at least they seperated the distribution (“National Grid”) and generation into distinct entities. The way Eskom is structured as a monolithic all powerful orgazation won’t work while state-funded and guaranteed by law to have no competition.
 

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Interesting report, though each power station contains multiple generating units, so the comment is not as meaningful as one might think.

Edit: Typical generators are in the 400-800MW range, so a large power station often has 6-8 independent units. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_stations_in_South_Africa

The broader problem should be more of a concern:

Another big problem is design faults at the new Medupi and Kusile power stations which prevents them from functioning as expected.

According to the City Press, these design flaws are set to cost a combined R345 billion to fix, and were caused by shoddy workmanship by suppliers.
 
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ajan

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Governments own fault for not introducing some kind of competition. In the UK at least they seperated the distribution (“National Grid”) and generation into distinct entities. The way Eskom is structured as a monolithic all powerful orgazation won’t work while state-funded and guaranteed by law to have no competition.
A socialist government doesn't want you to challenge them. The sheep must be herded whilst the politicians invoke robbery, racketeering and other fraud.
 

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It's appalling and disgusting the way that the ANC's leadership has looted and gutted the country. They thought that they were being tycoons, but in actual fact they were only thug coons wearing ties. The saddest thing is that they will probably never be brought to book for all their crimes against what was once a lovely country, and humanity.
 
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R345 billion to fix flaws at Medupi and Kusile caused by shoddy workmanship by suppliers? Is such a large figure correct or is there a zero missing somewhere? How long will these repairs take, and are the suppliers / contractors going to pay for these repairs?
 

Gordon_R

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R345 billion to fix flaws at Medupi and Kusile caused by shoddy workmanship by suppliers? Is such a large figure correct or is there a zero missing somewhere? How long will these repairs take, and are the suppliers / contractors going to pay for these repairs?
That's what Pravin Gordhan wants to know: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom/eskom-opens-forensic-probe-on-medupi-kusile-20181206

A forensic probe is underway to examine the work of some contractors working on Eskom’s mega power stations Kusile and Medupi, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said, while bemoaning the "sub-standard" job undertaken by some of the contractors.

"Kusile and Medupi's three units should be giving us 780MW, but they are not – those are serious issues," said Gordhan, as he briefed media on the state of Eskom’s power generation amid current power interruptions.

Gordhan said some contractors' work at the two power stations was "falling short of design and quality" – including services provided by local and international firms.

"Somebody is making money out of the doubling of the cost of Medupi," he said.
Edit: Allegations about overspending are not new, but it is surprising that they still aren't working properly: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/n...tigation-into-eskoms-power-station-overspend/
 
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Trigger alert for the snow flakes. This is an article about the real situation facing SA. If the truth scare you don't read.
 

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It's ok. People are spending hundreds of thousands in kitting out their homes with generators and solar.

Instead of taking action against these thieves. Africa is just going to Africa while people let them be.
 

MightyQuin

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It's ok. People are spending hundreds of thousands in kitting out their homes with generators and solar.

Instead of taking action against these thieves. Africa is just going to Africa while people let them be.
Please elaborate?

I haven't spent that much, but can comfortably keep going during loadshedding, at home and at my offices.

You, on the other hand, opted NOT to spend money on kitting out your home, but rather took action against these thieves.
 

evilstebunny

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Somebody is making money out of the doubling of the cost of Medupi," he said.
You mean exactly like Nkandla and the Gupta's and state capture where you and the rest of the ANC .gov louses were just as fast asleep instead of doing your jobs and protecting the public's interest..?
 

whatwhat

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Please elaborate?

I haven't spent that much, but can comfortably keep going during loadshedding, at home and at my offices.

You, on the other hand, opted NOT to spend money on kitting out your home, but rather took action against these thieves.
I moved to another country where this stuff doesn't happen. Enjoy your load shedding.
 

supersunbird

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It's ok. People are spending hundreds of thousands in kitting out their homes with generators and solar.

Instead of taking action against these thieves. Africa is just going to Africa while people let them be.
Those people are generally not the ANC voters, and the government is the one that can take real action. Or else you proposing mob justice?
 
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