Eskom: Winter won't be easy

2011-04-12 07:54

Johannesburg - Eskom cannot guarantee that there will be no outages during the winter months as energy usage nears that of pre-recession levels experienced in 2007, The Times reported on Tuesday.

"We have resolved to avoid (outages), but that resolve will be tested," the power supplier's spokeswoman Hilary Joffe was quoted saying.

"I am not going to give you a guarantee that (load shedding) is going to happen, but I'm also not going to give you a guarantee that it's not.

"That's the best we can give you. It's not going to be easy," she said.

Eskom on Friday announced its goal of keeping power available this winter and avoiding rotational load shedding.

"But the system is going to be very tight for the next two years," Joffe said.

After studying weather and power usage trends, Eskom reported that 14 critical periods were expected before the end of winter.

  • thakaali - 2011-04-12 08:06

    better stock up on candles and refill the gas tank

  • fandash1 - 2011-04-12 08:08

    Woiuld be nice if the reporter would enquire as to when these 14 critical periods would be or maybe the reporter did not think that critical is important to the readers.

      Laurie - 2011-04-12 11:10

      I'm sure Eskom is just guessing. But 14 unscheduled breakdowns at its power stations during winter sounds about right!

      THX1148 - 2011-04-12 11:42

      Easy - the 14 weeks of winter.

  • mark oberholzer - 2011-04-12 08:12

    Its nonsense and they know it. All in the name of another hike.

      DeonL - 2011-04-12 15:04

      No, the hikes has been fixed for another 2 years at +- 25% per year. Koeberg is down / partly down now we are in trouble.

  • - 2011-04-12 08:23

    As if Eskom are telling us something we don't already know.....! We are bracing ourselves for the power outages....because of sheer incompetence [ie. no foresight, no PROPER maintenance, etc etc...!].

      paulf - 2011-04-12 13:31

      You wrong there. Eskom warned the government in the early 1990's that there would be a shortage of power if new power stations would not be erected. This was due to the electrification of many homes in the rural areas. The Mbheki government turned a blind eye onto the requests Eskom gave them. Now this is why we are sitting in this situation today. Only now are they busy building new power stations.

      k53 - 2011-04-12 14:38

      U r ryt there Paulf, with the exception of error. It's the Mandela government that turned a blind eye, Mbeki only came in2 power in 1999. Mandela messed up a lot of things bt somehow Mbeki always gets the blame.

  • Limpopoist - 2011-04-12 08:25

    another trix by ANC ally,last we had world without power problem,what went wrong over sudden.

  • daaivark - 2011-04-12 08:27

    Yet week ago the opposite was being said. What is the actual situation, one wonders.

  • Badger - 2011-04-12 08:30

    Now give us those "14 critical periods" so we can plan better.

  • bcnw - 2011-04-12 08:34

    ..but they CAN garauntee that they will push up rates again next year by another 25.8%.Disgusting.

  • SilentGenius - 2011-04-12 08:43

    Well it seems we must get Eskom to predict to us the weather from now on...they predicted 14 critical periods for the winter...So Eskom when will we see the first snow in the Boland?

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-12 08:44

    .....thanks to "AA", "BEE" and "transformation"...... ....thanks..!!!

  • MOTEK-XX - 2011-04-12 08:50

    Pathetic. They guarantee that they can't give any guarantees.

  • PonkieDiel - 2011-04-12 08:53

    One of the reasons for this fiasco? Google a bit, there are even photos of it. An still we need to keep on paying more and more for Eishkom's incompetence...

  • Gore - 2011-04-12 08:53

    Take a clue guys, we are in for a long dark cold winter, rolling blackouts are on the horizon. Cant you see them?

  • BerryGoodman - 2011-04-12 08:54

    These comments by the new Eskom spokesperson is going back to the vague ways of the initial power cuts. The recession saved Eskom's bacon for a while but they knew the time would come again. It is going to be nightmarish. Lets just hope there is no eartquake in Cape Town cause Koeberg will not survive it. They say it can withstand a magnitude 7. I know for a fact it will not as the buildings are crumbling with no earthquakes in place. It is time the truth be told.

  • Sentor - 2011-04-12 08:55

    Suggest you cut off all the areas who don't pay and stop exporting power to Zim.. THEN come back and talk to us.

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-12 13:07

      Plus cut off power to all the aluminium smelters - there, I solved your problem.

  • BerryGoodman - 2011-04-12 08:55

    This is sad.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-04-12 08:56

    @ESKOM: Then why exactly am paying you 30% more for you product if you can't actually supply it?!?!?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-04-12 11:28

      Its so the ANC can score more votes by giving away free electricity that we pay for to the useless.

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-12 09:06

    ...the result of AA BEE and transformation....

  • A4KOBUS - 2011-04-12 09:09

    Die maatskappy het geld geruik en sal met niks tevrede wees al sou hulle ook al die hele land se geld tot hulle beskikking het . Intussen sny hulle krag oral in die land van die pensionarisse die oumense en die gestremdes die wat `n Staat toelaag kry en menigte van mense wat onder R2000.00 verdien voor die voet. Met die verhoging gaan menigte hulle krag verloor. Hulle het paleise van kantore gebou die afgelope tyd uit die duurste met tot 20 ligte in een vertrek en almal brand Die selfde vertrek waar 2 voldoende sou gewees het .Buite met reuse Krag opwekkers .wanneer daar nie krag is nie. Hier is `n groot slang in die gras met hierdie Maatskappy en geld . die dag wanneer dit uitkom sal die land geskok staan.

  • Johan - 2011-04-12 09:16

    This is the same idiot Joffe that warned us when Eskom had the R2 billion OOPSIE (blowing up of working turbines)at Duvha.

  • Bosduif - 2011-04-12 09:17

    Eskom. It will be easy. Get skilled people to do the jobs and not your friends and family.

  • mickh - 2011-04-12 09:22

    So what are the 14 critical periods?????

  • HEINZ - 2011-04-12 09:26


  • Adams - 2011-04-12 09:30

    Why are they not prepared, did Winter sneak up on them, did they not have enough notice??

      HEINZ - 2011-04-12 11:33


  • taxpayer1 - 2011-04-12 09:32

    What for Eskom keeps distributing bonuses to its boss ???

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-04-12 09:37

    How many more R3Billion generators can this useless racist ANC blow up before mid winter?

      daaivark - 2011-04-12 12:52

      AGAIN... Sword&Cross, what's with the party political rant. This all results from mismanagement in Eskom. Why keep harping on the ANC. Sure, the anc IS making a right mess of government, but absurd fingerpointing at the wrong time just undermines your own position.

  • Lana - 2011-04-12 09:38

    As usual, they make us pay more and then we have to share with everybody else. There are people that get it all for free while we have to pay

  • Stef_Bosh24 - 2011-04-12 09:45

    loadshedding here we come

  • Zion - 2011-04-12 09:52

    Nothing is easy while Eskom is around. Nor can anything be guaranteed while Eskom is around either. eskom is around either.

  • zip reeper - 2011-04-12 10:37


  • logical007 - 2011-04-12 10:54

    With immediate effect "Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika" will be replaced as the national anthem with "Hello darkness, my old friend" Eishkom Its broken... Welcome to our world - pitch black and powerless.

  • mclarry - 2011-04-12 11:02

    its going to be a cold winter, thank you Eskom

  • MKVI - 2011-04-12 11:18

    There we go, when they start making excuses already you know what's coming

  • Yasr - 2011-04-12 11:26

    Ag man, its BHP Billiton. They gave Eskom a few shiny beads for a supply contract based on a European traded underlying. There is enough electricity to run through winter. Marius Kloppers however is taking it for his smelter.

  • Madelane - 2011-04-12 11:48

    So easy to solve all of Eishkoms problems as the the ANC have done it before with amazing results......under affirmative action you employ a card carrying member, issue them with a suit and tie, a tinted windowed luxury vehicle, twenty two bodyguards with their own blue light cars and hey presto our electrical problems are solved as this individual will them employ more AA members, issue them with screw drivers with instructions to hold the handle and not the sharp end and you then have your maintenance teams ready to roll. So easy, just look at the countries infrastructure and you can see how well this method works.

  • Wayne - 2011-04-12 12:38

    Get ready to plummet backwards into the 'dark' ages.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-04-12 14:09

    Well, Hilary Joffe, perhaps you can explain why there were three outages yesterday in Sandton? No warning, no explanation and of course, no apologies. Off, on, off, on, off on - all great treatment for electrical appliances, computer equipment etc. You stupid bunch of BEE turkeys.

  • 50something - 2011-04-12 14:26

    Two years - it is going to be a long winter.

  • 50something - 2011-04-12 14:29

    The only thing we are sure off, is that we are not sure of anything (Credit to Rene Decartes - philospher)

  • DeonL - 2011-04-12 15:02

    The 2 big problems in ANC gov. appart from corruption and nepotism are failure to do planning ahead and failure to do maintanance. Fix it.

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-04-12 15:13

    Eskom are in trouble because they let the qualified engineers go some years ago, and did not get competent replacements. They now have very few people who know what to do, how to fix things, and work safely. And competent, qualified, engineers, are available, but unemployed, as a direct result of AA.

  • luana - 2011-04-12 15:43

    can someone please explain to me why it is that the big payouts to eskom managers are just begin swept under the carpet. surely this is not acceptable enough to raise up a storm

  • lamha vukawe - 2011-04-13 07:58

    Hey, we the consumers didnt blow up the dhuva generator! Let EFKOM work 24x7 to catch up for all the damage they have done.

  • Ebony.Girl - 2011-04-13 07:59

    Eskom must start giving service to the public. Instead of paying exorbitant salararies, they must starrt investing in the infrastructure and maintain it. It is of no use to keep moaning and and threatening the consumers about "load shedding". The consumers want solutions and not repetetive whinning about the issues... Eskom, please get your house in order.

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