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Gigaba: We're working to avoid power cuts

2012-06-01 10:33

Johannesburg - The government will do everything in its power to avoid power outages, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday.

"We do have long-term plans. Government remains resolute that the country should never go through another period of painful rotational load shedding as experienced in the past," Gigaba told reporters in Pretoria.

"We will do everything in our power to avoid load shedding and blackouts... The next 18 months are expected to be the tightest we had endured thus far."

Gigaba said there would be less pressure on the power supply when the first unit of the Medupi power station started working in December 2013.

"In this regard, Eskom is on track," he said.

The backlog of maintenance at power stations should be eliminated by December 2013. There was a tight balance between the supply and demand of electricity, he said.

"As we enter the winter season, residential customers are increasing their demand, causing significant increases during the evening peak," Gigaba said.

Eskom CEO Brian Dames said electricity demand peaked daily between 5pm and 9pm.

 

Comments
  • Stille - 2012-06-01 10:40

    Just as hard as you are trying to screw the people with e-tolling eh?

      Christopher - 2012-06-01 10:46

      Why don't you reemploy those white people that you forced out of their jobs providing up to date expertise and knowledge of how to run a power station? Or must they be black with no experience necessary?

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-01 11:21

      I think we can save a lot of power in that Mbeki and all the people who were aiding Mbeki to decide to not invest in new power stations in the late 90s and early naughties, do not use electricity. Then we can create 100 000 jobs by having electricity police to check that no power cables are stolen and no electricity is stolen. How about that Zuma, an honest state, a more honest citizenry, an accountable government and more jobs? What is stopping you? (I think it is the honesty thing).

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-01 11:21

      I think we can save a lot of power in that Mbeki and all the people who were aiding Mbeki to decide to not invest in new power stations in the late 90s and early naughties, do not use electricity. Then we can create 100 000 jobs by having electricity police to check that no power cables are stolen and no electricity is stolen. How about that Zuma, an honest state, a more honest citizenry, an accountable government and more jobs? What is stopping you? (I think it is the honesty thing).

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-01 11:21

      I think we can save a lot of power in that Mbeki and all the people who were aiding Mbeki to decide to not invest in new power stations in the late 90s and early naughties, do not use electricity. Then we can create 100 000 jobs by having electricity police to check that no power cables are stolen and no electricity is stolen. How about that Zuma, an honest state, a more honest citizenry, an accountable government and more jobs? What is stopping you? (I think it is the honesty thing).

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-01 11:21

      I think we can save a lot of power in that Mbeki and all the people who were aiding Mbeki to decide to not invest in new power stations in the late 90s and early naughties, do not use electricity. Then we can create 100 000 jobs by having electricity police to check that no power cables are stolen and no electricity is stolen. How about that Zuma, an honest state, a more honest citizenry, an accountable government and more jobs? What is stopping you? (I think it is the honesty thing).

  • Stille - 2012-06-01 10:40

    Just as hard as you are trying to f*** the people with e-tolling eh?

  • David - 2012-06-01 10:41

    Amazing how they try to make out that they are the heros in this saga, doing everything in their power to help us out.

  • David - 2012-06-01 10:41

    Amazing how they try to make out that they are the heros in this saga, doing everything in their power to help us out.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:54

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:54

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:54

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:55

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:55

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

      Ben - 2012-06-01 10:55

      Everything in their power with a shortage of power and power is what they want. A powerful calamity.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-01 10:45

    And boy, are we paying for it. I hear we're due for another price hike soon. I use gas wherever I can...

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-01 10:45

    And boy, are we paying for it. I hear we're due for another price hike soon. I use gas wherever I can...

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-01 10:45

    And boy, are we paying for it. I hear we're due for another price hike soon. I use gas wherever I can...

  • Christopher - 2012-06-01 10:45

    Why don't you reemploy those white people that you forced out of their jobs providing up to date expertise and knowledge of how to run a power station? Or must they be black with no experience necessary?

  • Christopher - 2012-06-01 10:46

    Why don't you reemploy those white people that you forced out of their jobs providing up to date expertise and knowledge of how to run a power station? Or must they be black with no experience necessary?

  • Steve - 2012-06-01 10:57

    They could save a good bit of electricity by turning off all the lighting on those useless eToll gantries.

  • David - 2012-06-01 10:58

    Amazing how they try to make out that they are the heros in this saga, doing everything in their power to help us out.

  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-06-01 11:02

    Dammit Fin24, sort out your comments section...

  • christo.hyman - 2012-06-01 11:15

    "The government will do everything in its power to avoid power outages" - enough said for me to know to make sure I have enough candle's lighters, gas act. they will fight who will loot the millions and when that's done it's another year gone and the people already delt with months at end power outages and frustrations – we’ll see a lot of these articles – I don’t think it will ever end.

  • Jim - 2012-06-01 11:17

    Since Escom is a state owned enterprise every time we have a power cut it means that the government has FAILED to do it;s job. Simple as that!

  • David - 2012-06-01 11:35

    Amazing how they try to make out that they are the heros in this saga, doing everything in their power to help us out.

  • David - 2012-06-01 11:37

    This comments system is seriously screwed!

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:04

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:05

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:05

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:06

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:08

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:09

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:11

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis. I am a consumer that pays my bills, and as long as they monopolise power supply and refuse to let other suppliers into the market, they OWE me reliable, plentiful supply of as much power as I want. DO NOT allow them to make you believe that you are somehow also to blame.

  • gwilym.howes - 2012-06-01 12:12

    Never forget that Eishkom and the Govt caused this problem in the first place through their lack of planning & foresight, and disregard for the importance of coal supply and planned maintenance. On the platform of BEE and AA they stripped Eskom of skills and competence. EVERYTHING they do now to fix the problem is only what they SHOULD be doing. They deserve no praise: in fact, they are still not doing enough in the long term. We are NOT their partners in this. THEY f""ked up, they take the profits, and they must take all blame. I do NOT need to reduce my power consumption and take shared responsibility for managing the crisis.

  • Mark - 2012-06-01 14:42

    Blah blah. What a waste of energy.

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