Brown: Eskom can pull plug on Zim, Zambia

Brown: Eskom can pull plug on Zim, Zambia

2015-03-04 06:54

Cape Town - Seven countries in southern Africa have power agreements with South Africa’s power monopoly Eskom but Zimbabwe and Zambia could have their power supply interrupted, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has told MPs.

In a written reply to TR Majola, a DA MP, who asked about Eskom’s agreements with the countries in the South African Power Pool relating to the importation and exportation of electricity which are firm or non-firm agreements, Brown said Eskom has power purchase agreements or power sales agreements with various entities in the seven countries in the pool.

The firm agreements are those that could not be interrupted and the non-firm were those where energy is supplied as and when it is available, and these are subject to interruption.

Thus, if South Africa suffered load shedding, then Zimbabwe and Zambia could have their power interrupted.

In terms of Mozambique, SA has four agreements with its power entities. There are firm agreements with Cohora Bassa, the Mozambique Transmission Company and with Aggreko. These are a power purchase agreement, a power sales agreement and a power purchase agreement respectively. However, in the case of the Electricidade de Mocambique, the power sales agreement is a non-firm agreement.

A power sales agreement applies to The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) and it is “firm”, said Brown

A power sales agreement and a power purchase agreement apply to the Lesotho Electricity Company and they are also firm, she reported.

There is a power sales agreement with the Botswana Power Corporation which is also firm while with Namibia there are firm power sales agreement with Nampower, Skorpion Zinc Mine and the Orange River Crossing.

Brown said the principles that apply to supply agreements during emergencies include that trading partners are required to utilise all their own generation capacity to the maximum and all non-firm energy supplies are reduced to zero before moving into load curtailment.

In addition, all firm energy supplies are reduced by 10% when there is a load curtailment imposed on South African customers. “Trading partners are required to enforce the 10% reduce on their customer base,” the minister reported.

If there is load shedding in South Africa "then all sales to Namibia and Botswana are withdrawn, and Swaziland and Lesotho are required to do proportional load shedding".

Energy which may inadvertently be drawn out of the Eskom system is charged at punitive emergency generation rates, she reported.

  • Suthveer Sing - 2015-03-04 06:59

    But these countries get power from South Africa for free-it was part of the agreement years ago when we had excess power!

      Theo du Bruyn - 2015-03-04 07:18

      Give them free load shedding long term

      Ettienne Halstead - 2015-03-04 07:53

      F*** that "agreement". We pay a LOT for Electricity=loadshedding in this country!! In the last 3 y i pay more than DOUBLE for electricity in my business. And recently i had to pay more than 60 k to counter loadshedding. It's a disgrace!!

      Pack Age - 2015-03-04 08:15

      "Thus, if South Africa suffered load shedding, then Zimbabwe and Zambia could have their power interrupted." BUT DO THEY?? The article does not clarify if Zimbabwe and Zambia’s power is cut when we experience load shedding! We demand clarity on this point! Why is the DA and others not demanding these answers Secondly why are we not informed as to how much these countries pay for their power and does Zimbabwe indeed pay anything at all or just running up a non existent bill?

      Beatrix Kidd - 2015-03-04 08:32

      Unbelievable! So, what it really boils down to is that our govt does not have the kahunas to put their foot down and say NO to African Comrades and save OUR economy?!

      Pack Age - 2015-03-04 08:38

      Constitutionally Eskom has a firm agreement with us in terms of the Constitution to supply us power. As such we MUST have priority to power over even those countries that have "power sales agreements" with Eskom The ANC change and break all other rules so they can break these agreements with the countries that have power sales agreement with us! Declare our power problem as of “National Security” and thereby void the other agreements! Time to make a FIRM stand for our rights has come of age!

      Dawie Jacobs - 2015-03-04 09:31

      Yet Grace Mugabe is busy with an ice cream & chocolate venture instead of thinking further and putting up power plants, windfarms etc. This should've been discussed and considered long ago since everyone in southern africa is so obsessed with independance.

      marnus.vandermerwe - 2015-03-04 09:32

      Who's paying tax ESKOM??

      Jaapie Bopape - 2015-03-04 09:48

      Time to take care of us!

      Kallie Marie - 2015-03-04 09:52

      Look after South Africans first !!!

  • Akhenaten - 2015-03-04 07:22

    We don't have enough for ourselves, why don't we pull the plug?

  • Akuku Juju - 2015-03-04 07:23

    The role played by Zambia and Zim during the fight against apartheid will never be forgotten. We ow our freedom to these African giants. They should enjoy free electricity, the should enjoy the fruits of our freedom. Time to rename Cape Town after Mugabe, Majuru...Gib Bob Majuru City

      Romaine Greiner - 2015-03-04 07:28

      Do you experience power cuts in the prison you are in? As I recall you said you are jail for armed robbery.

      Justin Barnes - 2015-03-04 07:28

      @Akuku...your name says it all..KUKU in your head.

      Akhenaten - 2015-03-04 07:31

      You don't have a clue and are apparently believing the Zuma lies. 'Freedom' was given to you by De Klerk, nobody else. We voted for it, nobody enforced it.

      Stuart Kilgour - 2015-03-04 07:36

      Why don't you immigrate to your African giant countries, you can then rename all the cities you like!!! In a few more years there will be nothing left of Zimbabwe, but at least it will have some good new city names chosen by yours truly.

      Mozzie Fernandes - 2015-03-04 07:39

      Oh go dig a hole and bury yourself you idiot. Your mouth should wear a nappy because its all sh.t that comes out that hole.

      Paul Halley - 2015-03-04 07:44

      And how much are you prepared to pay each month for their free electricity? Probably as much as you pay for your free electricity hey? If these are African giants i guess its appropriate to say : how the mighty have fallen....

      Proud Whiteskin - 2015-03-04 07:46

      Poor retard.

      Charl Albertus Coetzee - 2015-03-04 07:55

      It is strange how easy it is to indoctrinate some people and how common sense eludes them to the point where they cannot even connect world events and query and confront their leaders with these truths. They are so gullible and will fall for anything. The war we fought was against communism. I think that is why after USSR disintegrated in 1989, several east block countries achieved independence; DDR reunited with Germany and in 1990 Namibia achieved independence. This might have something to do with the new RSA in 1995. So, neither blacks nor whites won the war. Basically all South Africans achieved a free country. Free of Apartheid and Communism.

      Reza Ryklief - 2015-03-04 07:59

      Apartheid was not ended by the ANC, Nelson Mandela or FW De Klerk. It was ended by all of us who exercised civil disobedience. It was the all of us, who brought the regime to its knees... And we can do it again.

      Reza Ryklief - 2015-03-04 07:59

      Apartheid was not ended by the ANC, Nelson Mandela or FW De Klerk. It was ended by all of us who exercised civil disobedience. It was the all of us, who brought the regime to its knees... And we can do it again.

      Ria Cook - 2015-03-04 08:08

      Romaine, he's actually in Weskoppies.

      Willem Kempen - 2015-03-04 09:27

      @juju – There are forums for illiterate people like yourself.

      Jaapie Bopape - 2015-03-04 09:46

      Oh another brain dead one, there a lot these days.

      Alfred Karius - 2015-03-04 10:23

      @Juju Zimbabwe has the GDP of a small European city yet to you its a "giant".

      Walter Rocha - 2015-03-04 11:06

      Every so often when I think I've read the most idiotic statement yet along comes a person such as yourself to proof me wrong. someone must love you because on your own I'm sure you wouldn't survive a day .

      Antony Fernandes Da Conceicao - 2015-03-05 13:53

      Kookoo!! Really?!!! ...... Dude.... Like SERIOUSLY?!!! I'm sorry but I cannot think of a comment or insult that would do any justice. Ignorance and stupidity on a COMPLETELY different level..

      Alan Kennedy - 2015-03-06 08:10

      If they are such giants why are they not sending us electricity? Like the whole bunch, just hoped to get their share of the divided spoils. And as for Moregarbage; if it hadn't been for Rhodes the Shona might have been wiped out by the Matabele almost two centuries ago. Wouldn't expect you to know that, it seems you don't read much

      Justin Pretorius - 2015-03-06 08:44

      "African giants"? Certainly not Zim since it continuously on life-support from other countries

      Sibulele Mbinda - 2015-03-11 20:33

      I present to you akuku: MOEMISH of the day!

      Willie Windhond - 2015-05-28 04:48

      In short I have one acronym for you dude Kuku . . . . SFB . . go fugure !! or would you like me to help you . . . "Sh*t for Brains" . . . . . PLEASE go seed medical attention, your thinking sux big-time . . .

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2015-03-04 07:24

    It is all about politics......."struggle" friends!! They will never do it !! So sadly, us South Africans will have to suffer load shedding !!

  • Justin Barnes - 2015-03-04 07:26

    What about the agreement with South African taxpayers and business owners? We have to pay for the infrastructure that supplies these countries. Let Bob build his own power station on one of the many farms he stole and let the so called king of swaziland build his own instead of marrying young girls.

      Lelo Nelo - 2015-03-04 07:32

      'Marrying many young girls', what does that have to do with electricity.

      Lynda Tyrer - 2015-03-04 07:50

      Lelo and how much does that swazi man spend on those lavish weddings when it could be used to build their own power stations instead.

      Justin Barnes - 2015-03-04 09:45 is called priorities, delaying the opening of schools so they can weed his garden or something like that. Millions on cars and private jets etc.. Build something so you not dependent on someone else!!!

  • dewet.duplessis.90 - 2015-03-04 07:31

    Lets just wait a little while longer shall we? Our dear minister just gave SAExpress (not SAA) a few billion! Just to be clear, this is a non-going entity. For years now they've been unable to provide any financial results or figures. So, lets hand them a few more billion. Why are the media so quiet about this?

  • Biggie Chitoro - 2015-03-04 07:33

    SA is like a Mashonisa who gives out money while his family is starving and kids are havent paid their school fees

  • Jimmy James - 2015-03-04 07:35


      Martiens Bezuidenhout - 2015-03-04 08:12

      Care to elaborate?

  • Maria Du Bois - 2015-03-04 07:38

    Do any of these countries owe us money for electricity?

      Lenandi Janse van Rensburg-Kemp - 2015-03-04 07:56

      I live in Botswana and we have to pay in advance for any power that is exported. However since our Morupule A and B power station was completed last year June, we only purchase electricity if either one of these station are under maintenance. It is rumored here that Eskom needs the money from Bots and Namibia to use on maintenance of it's power station and that is why they can't cut us off completely.. how true that is I am not sure. I agree that it is very unfair that power is send over the SA borders whiles their is load shedding in SA, yet cut the free loaders like Zims off first.

  • Proud Whiteskin - 2015-03-04 07:40

    I thought I had a "firm" agreement with Escom, they supply, I pay. Same old story, this country never catered for their own people first. How eye-opening is this. Our government (escom) will rather let our economy and people suffer millions but they'll keep power on for our neighbors. That is why I'll screw them where I can.

  • Etienne Rossouw - 2015-03-04 07:46

    I agree with a previous comment why should we supply Zim with electricity? Zimbabwe is the product of their own demise, also we are facing a crisis so a real leader would have put South Africa first. So if I am to understand correctly & I knew all along I was right about this whilst we run around in the Dark Old Robert cooks Elephant meat in his Russell Hobes electric oven. Wow, dumbfounded is what I am, here we have Brown admitting what most knew all along we are the reason old Bob is still going strong at age 91.

      Sharlene Goldman Solomon - 2015-03-04 09:09

      'Zim responsible for their own demise' - very shortsighted without knowing the facts. The Thatcher Conservative Government agreed to certain Terms and Conditions at the Lancaster Agreement. The Labour Party came to power and renegaded on the agreement saying they are not responsible for the previous (Conservative) Governments' decisions. Bob took the only route open to him. So, if there's any blame for Zim's predicament, Blame England.

      Lesedi Afrika - 2015-03-04 09:21

      Well Sharlene, it's easy for you to support Mugabe because maybe you don't have to fight Zimbabweans for a job, an RDP house or a man!

      Revelgen - 2015-03-04 12:32

      Sharlene, are you serious? You know darn well that Mugabe chased the White farmers off their farms, and now Zimbabweans are starving. Refute that if you can.

      Alan Kennedy - 2015-03-06 08:16

      Every now and then a darling of the propaganda machine like Sharlene comes along ...

  • Johan Uys - 2015-03-04 07:52

    The words "could", "can" and "may" are used but not the required word viz. "will".

      Alan Kennedy - 2015-03-06 08:16

      Spot on!

  • Marshall Beukes - 2015-03-04 07:52

    PLEASE DO!!!!!

  • Reza Ryklief - 2015-03-04 07:54

    Because Bob will spill the beans on all the ANC's dirty little secrets if he doesn't get his way.

  • Ria Cook - 2015-03-04 08:08

    Cut the power to Zimbabwe TODAY! It's only for the fat cats over there anyway.

  • Kenny Van Heusden - 2015-03-04 08:18

    Wonder how many of these countries power account payments are actually up to date or are we running like eskom on a massive loan scheme

      Ria Cook - 2015-03-04 08:46

      No doubt.

  • Brian Lennox - 2015-03-04 08:18

    Amazing. No load shedding in Neighbouring states while we suffer. What happened to Cahora Bassa?

      Alister Gray - 2015-03-26 08:12

      Skerp I'm quite impressed you show you are quite informed and abreast. With the way it works when it comes to power generation and distribution. All this people saying pull the plug blah blah...don't know sh*t! The seven countries mentioned are interconnected to each other through a grid of series, they import and export to each other during their differing peak and off peak periods in that order, eskom needs them as much as they need it too! The main problem in the entire region is the way all these power giants are being run! Each country could generate even surplus power but maintenance and upgrades aren't carried out effectively. Incompetence on the part of the new "managers and the state's meddling is crippling these giants. So I find it stupid when someone says pull the plug? What happens when a catastrophe occurs and all Eskom's plants are offline? You need the other countries to restart the generators!

  • Ewald van den Heever - 2015-03-04 08:31

    I think it is truly astounding how commentaries on the where we are now (which is quite deep in the excrement - you know I am right) turns into the struggle, which then inevitably leads to a racially motivated comment, which in turn sparks a lot of insults being flung back and forth. Simple Facts - We are where we are because - 1 - Some people don't pay for power, the people that does pay gets fleeced dry and yet the fleecing continues in order to backstop a failing system 2 - Eskom had a long term plan that were not implemented. 3 - Eskom has been paying bonus checks effectively rewarding poor performance 4 - When an Eskom CEO/Exec is replaced, he/she is paid for leaving, effectively rewarding poor performance yet again 5 - Maintenance was neglected far too long - The question of skill (both technical, strategic and managerial skill) can be called in question - simple truth, the people that had the know how, experience and passion for the work has been marginalized, replaced, or retired, and it can be questioned whether their replacements have the needed to deliver against expectations. Zim, Zambia everybody should pay the same for power as we pay, and if you don't pay, you don't get... Using that mentality advocated by some commentaries - Some people are by logic entitled to walk into a restaurant, order a steak, eat it and walk out without paying because of the struggle, while paying customers are left without a meal, and then still need to pay for it?

      Alan Kennedy - 2015-03-06 08:28

      But the beef was raised on "stolen" land (?)

  • Johan Labuschagne - 2015-03-04 08:32

    That will never happen. Never will they inconvenience their comrades. Besides white people do not protest so it is easier to cut our power.

  • Robbie Crouch - 2015-03-04 08:40

    This is a national crisis and as such the nation comes first, pull the plug Escom!

  • Lesedi Afrika - 2015-03-04 08:46

    It's only logical and patriotic that we should cancel these "firm" agreements while we're in this power crisis.

  • Neels Minnaar - 2015-03-04 08:49

    That make perfect sense, first feed your neighbors & then your own household goes to bed hungry.

  • Hermann Viljoen - 2015-03-04 08:58

    Do that ASAP (seeing that they get it for free without load shedding). Best idea for the last 25 years.

  • Wilo Duke - 2015-03-04 09:01

    The question is, that is what the agreements allow, but who monitors that Eskom actually enforces these agreements? And when do these agreements come up for either repricing or renegotiation? Also, what is the current state of the accounts. Is Eskom being paid on time,how much outstanding or is the Government funding these counties through free electricity? If the accounts not up to date surely a reason to stop supply or at the very least renegotiate the agreements

  • Walter Rocha - 2015-03-04 09:18

    Id like to thank the ANC government for the rolling blackouts / loadshedding we have had . I been married 22 years tomorrow and have to say that the blackouts have spiced up my sex life . we having allot more and the darkness brings out a " dark side " of my wife . ANC , that is your fault and yours alone , not apartheids or that other Fathead van Riebeck !!

  • Christopher Booise - 2015-03-04 09:20

    Why do they bother mentioning this when they know that they are not going to pull the plug?

  • Tumi Motlatla - 2015-03-04 09:31

    Cancel those agreements until you sort out the mess. No rocket science there.........

  • Collen Tembo - 2015-03-04 09:39

    Eskom is getting good monies from these countries, instead of pulling the plugs they will continue supplying power to these countries and keep load shedding here. Go to ekasi people have free electricity there cables are running all over the skies. Until that is removed, load shedding is here to stay.

  • Hilton Baartman - 2015-03-04 10:01

    People are uninformed. Did you know that Eskom has actually been a net importer of power for a few years now? We draw a lot of power from Coharra Bassa.

  • louis.elst - 2015-03-04 10:35

    Would be interested to know if The accounts are paid up or do they owe Eskom Money

      arthur.salvado - 2015-03-04 17:10

      I bet they're in arrears. Y the millions. Anyone got more info ??

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2015-03-04 10:53

    We are paying to supply Zimbabwe??? This is a joke!

  • Patricia Mota - 2015-03-04 11:12

    Eskom had an agreement with these countries so they can't breach that, if Eskom does, will pay through their nose so let's not blame these countries . Eskom needs to sort out their mess

  • Godlwayo - 2015-03-04 11:29

    Most people commenting on this thread are just uninformed fools @ Hilton, they just open their mouths to utter total nonsense

      Marius Kritzinger - 2015-03-04 20:50

      Wow. And what do you know that we dont? Share with us O wise one.

  • Marius Kritzinger - 2015-03-04 20:52

    Get this. We are paying more per KW than what any of those countries are paying per KW.

  • Mark Crozier - 2015-03-05 09:27

    Does Zimbabwe even pay for the electricity they get from us? This I would like to know. I highly doubt it.

  • Steven Swart - 2015-03-05 13:14

    So Eskom is willing to sacrifice South Africa for contracts with other countries. Way to go Eskom!!

  • Justin Pretorius - 2015-03-06 08:42

    I would love to see the regime have the courage to do that!!

  • Jeff Potgieter - 2015-03-08 15:03

    this is so typical of these sheep south africa must go into reverse and every body getting free power and our economy see its ass and the country destoyed

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