Eskom: We can provisionally meet demand

Eskom: We can provisionally meet demand

2015-01-22 17:27

Johannesburg - If there is no technical breakdown this week Eskom will meet electricity demand, the parastatal said on Thursday.

"The power system will remain constrained until new generating capacity comes on stream, a process which is expected to take about two to three years," Eskom said.

"This doesn’t mean that there’ll be load shedding every day for the next three years."

It said rolling blackouts would only be implemented as a last resort to protect the power system.

Eskom implemented stage one load shedding on January 9, due to high electricity demand and the unavailability of some of its generating units.

Stage one allows for up to 1 000MW of the national load to be shed, stage two for up to 2 000MW, and stage three for up to 4 000MW.

Last Thursday, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said government shared responsibility for the country's power problems as it dealt with policy. This included electricity prices set by the National Energy Regulator of SA.

Matona reiterated that the country's power supply would remain severely constrained in the coming months while Eskom dealt with its maintenance backlog.

He said maintenance had been neglected in recent years and at times was deferred to keep the lights on.

In February 9 00MW would be taken off the grid to allow for maintenance of one of the Koeberg nuclear power station's units.

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters that the country's electricity infrastructure was not designed to serve 11 million households.

"This extension of electricity to more households that had been excluded in the past, coupled with a growing economy, have sharply put pressure on the infrastructure, which needs improved maintenance and expansion."

Zuma said South Africa was considering options to increase available electricity generation capacity and to manage demand over the next six months, in order to reduce the risk of power cuts.

  • Tina Butler - 2015-01-22 17:33

    Ag voetsek man. Do what you want whenever you want. I just took you off my grid. Permanently.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-22 17:39

      We are living on the edge. Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance

      Johan van Rijn - 2015-01-22 17:47

      Hi Tina I would like to do the same. Did you go Solar, or petrol/diesel ?

      Pierre Nortje - 2015-01-22 17:50

      Tshediso Matona, go look in the mirror and shout as loud as you can ... "ANOTHER ANC CADRE EMPLOYMENT FAILURE"

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 17:55

      Without being funny, but I wonder if he knows where Koeberg is??

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 18:05

      @Johan: Don't know whether you do or do not have? Change your hob to "gas" if it is electricity? At least during load shedding you can still boil water, make a meal, etc. The only question is obviously the initial cost, but well worth while in the good ol' RSA!

      Johan van Rijn - 2015-01-22 18:17

      Mike Thanks. I do have a few gas appliances. My aim though is to become independent from the geniuses that are responsible for sustaining my (paid for) power link.

      John Jessup - 2015-01-22 18:20

      What a stupid statement by Escom. It's like saying it will only be wet if it rains.

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 18:37

      @NATS: Sjoe you? Long time no hear? So this week you are "Charlie"? Still boasting on nothing achieved?! Ai, I so wish you that for one day you wake up in reality, but the fact that you keep on changing your name tells me that there is no hope for you anymore! Perhaps you must please go and sit on the stairs of Shoprite in PLZ and hit your head with a brick? Asking yourself: "Why am I not bright? Why am I not bright?..."

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 18:40

      @Johan: If I can find a way to "store" "huge amounts" of electricity, trust me I would explore the idea! Solar / Wind only assists (at enormous cost) for a short while (no thanks to Eksdom)! Perhaps a mixture of solar / wind / fuel is the answer?

      Hennie Cloete - 2015-01-22 18:51

      @ MIKE According to FB Charlie was only born on 16 January. So you may ignore this kid. He is having trouble negotiating a soiled diaper.

      Staal Burger - 2015-01-22 19:14

      Get off grid. Three basic steps: 1. Gas hob. 2. Two truck batteries to run 12v lightening. 3. Solar geyser.…and, household to adjust.

      Johan van Rijn - 2015-01-22 19:20

      @Mike Any alternative to what we have presently will be expensive, for now. A personal wind generator in a residential area is probably not an option at this stage. So yes, a combination of solar and hydrocarbon for a single household seems to be the only option. Bear in mind that I am talking about a total collapse of the energy grid.

      Francisque Granger - 2015-01-22 19:28

      How naive everybody is, everybody that comments here, even more so the entire SA. FALLACY NUMBER 1: SOUTH AFRICA DOES NOT HAVE A SHORTAGE OF ELECTRICITY - PERIOD!!! South Africa has a SHORTAGE OF PEOPLE PAYING FOR ELECTRICITY - PERIOD!!! You can generate enough electricity to power the sun and some more, build five thousand, one million gigawatt nuclear power stations - if people do not pay for electricity then the power station will FAIL TILL JESUS COMES! FALLACY NUMBER 2: Eskom now produces more than 10% less than what it did ten years ago. The latest puppet they have put in charge, supposedly "admits" that proper maintenance was not done, IT IS A LIE!!!! The issue is not maintenance - it is GROSS INCOMPETENCE. There has been massive destruction of equipment due to incompetence at engineering level. Eg the complete destruction of one of the Duvha PS primary turbines in 2011 has been all but completely covered up and hidden under "maintenance". Initially it was thought to be one 600MW unit only - but the blow out did more damage and rumors suggest Duvha is running closer to half capacity. ONE EXAMPLE ONLY. Koeberg is apparently also not running at full capacity, due to permanent damage during "democracy", oops I mean maintenance... So it does not matter how much maintenance is done - if you have incompetent staff, eg those handed qualifications because they fit the colour of SA's future without electricity, nothing will change.

      Rooi Panda - 2015-01-23 12:31

      @Francisque Granger. You've got it spot on. They can generate 5 kazillion gigawatt if they want. If no one pays (looking at soweto) the business closes. They model their plan based on how KFC handouts work. Till Jesus comes. Amen

  • george.jennings.14 - 2015-01-22 17:34

    This man is trying to earn a bonus for being so modest!

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 17:54

      IOW: "Brace yourselves as we are going to load-shed this weekend!"

      dclangley - 2015-01-22 19:01

      Seasick, if there weren't so many idiots like you supporting the corrupt incompetent ANC we wouldn't be in this situation

      dclangley - 2015-01-22 19:11

      Seasick maybe you should open your eyes. The morons you support have destroyed our health, education, sapo, Eskom is on the brink of collapse. Of your idiot government had done something about Eskom in 95 when they were warned we could be growing at 6% but you see nothing wrong with mediocrity obviously

      dclangley - 2015-01-22 19:18

      Seasick thank god the corrupt idiot is only allowed 2 terms. Consumer confidence index at an all time low and unemployment at an all time high. Protest also at an all time high, Soweto a cauldron of anarchy this week. Where is the prosperity you speak of

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-23 10:40

      Hahaha! @Sadick: We are contemplating and discussing probably the most important infra-structure item which every citizen, with or without employment is dependent on! And all you worry about are cars with six exhausts?? "Small things amuse small minds!"

  • Chris May - 2015-01-22 17:40

    Is this a communication campaign or a terror campaign?

  • Parry Nyte - 2015-01-22 17:40

    Why not send troops to rip all those cable from squatters and those who steal power....

      Mike Heyns - 2015-01-22 17:59

      And take the chance of losing voters? You must be joking!! Amazing if you look from an airplane at areas "without" legal electricity and see how many lights are on at night and satellite dishes on the sink roofs!! You can even do that on Google Earth!!

  • ElsB - 2015-01-22 17:43

    Can anyone pleeeze tell me how long the power outage in whole of roodepoort will last. It is 3 hours alrready!!!

  • ElsB - 2015-01-22 18:01

    Fragtion did you notice your comment regarding all the places that have no power, is gone?

  • Craig Pedersen - 2015-01-22 18:21

    Wtf is fatso doing in Davos on our tab? He's as much as admitted he can't even balance a chq book

      Jan Scheepers - 2015-01-22 18:54

      Hi Charlie. You appear to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic. At least your reasoning points at it. Have you missed the part where the useless cANCer was told that they have to build new power stations and maintain the existing ones? But they don't understand the concept of maintenance, just like they drive a car (while they can hear something is wrong) until it breaks down and then the excuse is " die kar hy het ga-stukkend." You see, blame the car. Its easier than to admit they were wrong. Never admit fault / failure! The anc way! Ever heard them after a car left the road and rolled? "Eishhh, die kar hy het geval." Need I say more....

      dclangley - 2015-01-22 19:03

      Charlie the droll seems to be Anthony reincarnated. But as an idiot

      Jan Scheepers - 2015-01-22 19:10

      Yip, reincarnated as an even bigger clown!. Never thought he could get more laughable.

      Anthony Gold - 2015-01-22 23:47

      Charles.... f off...

  • Martin Tait - 2015-01-22 18:24

    Cut the wire between the ears, the ears fall off.

  • Wikus De Bruyn - 2015-01-22 18:34

    Get rid of Zuma and the anc and all problems with be solved

      Wikus De Bruyn - 2015-01-22 18:36

      Will be...

      Jan Scheepers - 2015-01-22 19:01

      Charlie your surname puts your comments in context. Da-drolle....LOL

      Clive Cellarius - 2015-01-23 08:55

      Wikus, I think you're being overly optimistic. Plenty of fools waiting to follow in Zooooma's footsteps.

      Revelgen - 2015-01-23 09:36

      Charlie, do they let you use internet in that institution you are obviously in? You are so biased that you are unable to see the truth. The ANC have FAILED South Africa. They were told back in 1997 that we would face an electricity crisis after 2010. What did they do about it? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Now our uneducated president blames the population explosion as to why we are living on the edge. Gee, who would have thought that the population would multiply? That's astonishing. Now, shall we talk about SAA (11 'turnarounds' and still being bailed out?) Or the SABC - a mess? Or municipalities run by the ANC - money gone missing by the billion? Or should we talk about the Western Cape (which you obviously loathe because it clearly shows up the ANC's shortcomings)? Hate is a terrible thing. It blinds one to the truth staring them in the face. Deal with it, mate.

  • Pedro Schoultz - 2015-01-22 18:37

    Just keep your mouth shut....damn not even publish shedding schedules...they are also unreliable...

  • Mark Smith - 2015-01-22 18:57

    Good evening Anthony.

      Goeie Donner - 2015-01-22 19:12

      Anthony da drol, why do you change your name so often?

      Mark Smith - 2015-01-22 19:13

      No thanks Anthony far to hot in Perth.

  • Johan van Rijn - 2015-01-22 19:45

    Francisque You are correct, except for one thing (I will ignore the powering of the sun). I am not naive, neither do I think everyone on this site is. Your comment is not going to solve the problem. It may be a good idea to start looking for other solutions, therefore my enquiries.

  • Vermeulen Gerrit - 2015-01-22 19:48

    Charlie the drol, save your pro anc bs for the next party. This forum is full of realists who can see the damage being done by the poo suit.

  • Jack Ebden - 2015-01-22 19:53

    How can this be news. The article says nothing in the first paragraph other than all is well unless something changes. Then the rest is a re-hash of the nonsrnse from the last 3 months. Mindless nonsense and everyone is getting excited. I am speachless.

  • Etienne Holder - 2015-01-22 20:03

    Liars, we have been off since 2.30 today

      Fredster Mania - 2015-01-22 21:43

      Yes. Westrand. Only came back on at 8pm

  • Abizou Walkeen - 2015-01-22 22:33

    Just stop publishing Eskom stories please. If it has Eskom in it just ignore it. 1000mw this and 9000mw that. R5billion here and 8billion there. The grid remains constrained...blah blah blah...

  • Graham Grant Hayward - 2015-01-23 06:33

    All bulls..t!

  • cobienk - 2015-01-23 08:22

    Ag pffft whatever! Our entire area had blackout from 2pm - 8pm yesterday. If status quo continues, I do not need a maid anymore as she can then only work until 2pm. She can only do so many other tasks without using electricity. About time key players start pulling their fingers out of their ar$e and start delivering. This is not a new problem, start taking responsibility! If you were the management team of any corporate, you would have been fired. I'm just so g@tvol of the 'bak handjies' mentality. Get your act together. Fire useless people and get educated, willing people on the trot. You can still steer this ship in the right direction, but your decisions must be for the correct reasons. Electrification, before BEE...

  • Clive Cellarius - 2015-01-23 08:46

    Once more, Zoooma puts his foot in it - blaming apartheid for the ANC's incompetence over the last 20 years. They never considered infrastructure improvement, not even building new power stations to meet future demand. They suffer from a complete lack of expertise, on top of which SA has this buffoon leading the country ever further into chaos.

  • colleen.s.bernstein - 2015-01-23 15:28

    Twenty years is the time that the ANC government had to expand and maintain. How could they not know that the same infrastructure designed to support white households only could not be expected to serve a further 11 million. Simple economics would dictate that they had to understand this. And they were warned as far back as ten years ago that capacity was lacking and maintenance was required! But they ignored the warnings and sat on their fat bums doing nothing. Now on the brink to f disaster they blame apartheid. Twenty years they have had to fix things.....twenty years.

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