Eskom worried about immediate supply

2012-05-22 12:20

Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom is worried about meeting peak power demand as winter sets in, although the situation should improve by the middle of June, CEO Brian Dames told reporters on Tuesday.

Eskom said on Monday that available spare supply on its electricity network had dropped to 2% of total capacity as temperatures fell.

Decisions on South Africa's future energy supply should be made early to cope with rising demand, Dames said.

"We must decide now to build the next power plant. We must not make the mistake to build when it is too late," he told the African Utility Week exhibition in Johannesburg.

With urbanisation and technology pushing up electricity demand worldwide, investing in infrastructure is important.

Dames said South Africa's concerns about energy supply will subside as capacity to generate power increases, but other countries in Africa are not so fortunate.

It is in the country's interest to facilitate increased power capacity on the continent.

Turning to tariffs, Dames said South Africa's electricity prices are not yet cost-effective. Increases over a longer period of time, matching the rise in inflation, was where tariff increases should eventually settle.

He said if increased capacity is created, it has to be paid for.

The growth in energy supply needs to be more efficient and address climate change while keeping the lights on, Dames said.


  • aquilakahecate - 2012-05-22 12:35

    "We must not make the mistake to build when it is too late" This man needsd to go back to school.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-22 12:37

    Yes, charge us more so you guys can pay out larger bonuses. What a poorly run institution.

  • paddy.nolan.14 - 2012-05-22 12:38

    Maintenance in the middle of Winter is pretty dumb too. What was so pressing in the Summer?

  • tony.giloi - 2012-05-22 12:44

    I changed a lot of lights to LED but are far to pricey, bring the price down.

  • Boris - 2012-05-22 12:51

    you have to be a special kind of dumb to screw up a multi-billion rand company when there is NO competition for the services they provide. (but then again, look at the government who received a country with working infrastructure but ran it into the ground.....)

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-22 13:07

    no ele3 no Olympics mos,

  • lmapheto - 2012-05-22 13:12

    Its always a big question to me, where does eskom hire this people...we need dynamic executives who knows how to commercialise eskom and move slightly away from the general public (consumers) Generate electricity in bulk and sell it to other countries like our neighbours in the north of SA and relief poor SA of your lack of innovativeness...tariffs tariffs that’s just how far you Can think?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-22 13:48

    Should have started planning 18 years ago, didn't and the man on the street must as usual bail you idiots out. Can't wait to give you the middle finger once my solar panel storage system is up an running.

  • Allan - 2012-05-22 13:53

    Last week the minister of state enterprises said on national TV that there will not be any power cuts this winter as Escom would be able to meet demand. The CEO of Escom says there is not enough power for winter? Its very clear the disconnect between government and the businesses they try to operate - and the truth??????

  • Eddy - 2012-05-22 13:55

    Will they ever solve the electricity supply issues? Well Christmas is coming and Santa is giving me a new Mercedes Benz. What about the new power stations? Well what about them? Like the Gauteng toll freeway system they are too little and too late. Our economy has already been stunted by lack of electricity and when we get more power stations its supply capacity will all be gobbled up like a zebra being torn apart by a pride of starving lions. The existing power stations have all passed there sell by date and are running flat out on borrowed time.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-05-22 14:05

    There would be enough power if it is not stolen by the 40 million illegal connections across the country.

  • Carolyn - 2012-05-22 14:38

    blah blah blah we have heard all this before!! Can we just get action and not words??

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