Eskom warns of tight supply in summer

2011-08-24 12:10

Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that its upcoming summer season would be challenging as it ramped up maintenance at its power plants, but said it was not issuing any blackout warnings.

“We are not warning of blackouts. We are saying that summer is more challenging than winter because we have to take advantage of the space cleared by lower demand to do our maintenance,” Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe told Reuters.
“We’ve kept the lights on but have warned that we have a maintenance backlog,” she said.

Demand peaks in the June to August winter season, so Eskom generally holds back on maintenance then.

Eskom faces tight supplies for the next couple of years as it builds new stations to meet accelerating power demand.

Rolling blackouts in 2008 cost the key mining sector billions of rands in lost output and hurt the wider economy.

  • jjhvan - 2011-08-24 12:50

    Are they softening us up for another major increase?

  • Gandalf - 2011-08-24 13:04

    This is news, how? Quite bored with Eskom and their shambles, to be honest. We know it's a bugger up. Move on...

  • Susannomore - 2011-08-24 13:05

    This is really starting to get old. This winter you gave us the same excuse, saying that we use too much in winter. Caused everyone to rush out and convert to gas products, which caused a shortage for no reason. Now you are using the "maintenance schedule" excuse for summer.

  • Zee - 2011-08-24 13:38

    the only thing ESKOM can guarantee are the bonuses for their CEO and share-holders.

  • Vullis - 2011-08-24 14:06

    How about tightening those bonusses?

  • - 2011-08-24 14:27

    Don't forget the demand from illegal connections. When are they going to put a stop to this supply of free electricity!

  • Marius - 2011-08-24 16:43

    The term maintenance at ESKOM means “to blow up more power stations” that the public must take responsibility for. Like with Koeberg and Duvha near Witbank in 10 Feb 2011 that will cost us US$100 million to repair after blowing it up with a maintenance effort. But it’s not a problem. It's always easy to blame the public again for energy usage and increase electricity rates to repair them again. They should not warn us for the summer that lies ahead, but rather for the incompetence that lies ahead.

  • bobalina - 2011-08-26 13:41

    Eskom will constantly dish out excuses so as to justify another price hike.whereas its eskoms incompetence that has put the parastatle in the position its in,and requires price hikes to further enrich its directors.Maybe one day we the clients of eskom should go on strike and refuse to further fund HUGE AND EXCESSIVE BONUSES AND SALARIES.Eskom stick that in your furnace or anywhere else for that matter.RIP OFFS CRIMINALS ASS H...

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