Eskom woes affect all - Sacci

Eskom woes affect all - Sacci

2015-01-14 12:49

Johannesburg - The potential impacts that load shedding will have on business, business confidence and consumers alike is inestimable, The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) president Vusi Khumalo said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sacci has called on its members to submit proposals on how to survive rolling blackouts.

"Sacci believes that in situations such as this it is not only in the interests of business, but of the country as a whole, that concerted and unified action is necessary," said Khumalo.

Eskom said on Wednesday there was no indication of rolling blackouts, but the power grid remained under pressure.

READ: Fear of unforeseen Eskom system collapse

"We do not foresee the need to go into load shedding, but the system remained tight," the media desk said.

Khumalo said Sacci was gravely concerned about the "parlous situation" Eskom found itself in. Sacci has undertaken to work with Eskom to find solutions to the problems.

"Sacci has, therefore, appealed to its members to submit any proposals that they may have to alleviate the situation, for joint consideration by Eskom and Sacci," saod Khumalo.

"In the meantime, Sacci appeals to consumers to limit the use of electricity as far as possible such as, but not limited to, switching off all unnecessary lights and appliances."

On Friday last week, energy sector analyst Chris Yelland said there was no quick fix for the rolling blackouts, Eskom's financial issues and its maintenance backlog, so South Africans would have to learn to "live with it".

Yelland said Eskom's problems included financial and operational sustainability.

READ: Yelland's 15 point plan for Eskom to solve crisis

Asked on Friday if Eskom's financial problems were to blame for the rolling blackouts, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said: "Partly, I would say yes. We need money to buy parts for the maintenance, but that is not the only reason. Maintenance in the previous years, from about 2010, has been deferred."

Eskom had indicated in 2014 that it needed R50bn for the work it was doing and for operational needs.

Phasiwe said government had indicated it would give Eskom R20bn, but that this was not enough.

Eskom was working on a number of options to get the balance of the money it needed to complete its Medupi, Kusile, and Ingula power stations.

Phasiwe said Eskom had already issued bonds in both local and international markets and had approached other institutions for funds.

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  • Philip Mare - 2015-01-14 13:04

    Sure this is just a pre text to further price increases and to rubber stamp a quick track on nuclear stations owned by some or other close Zuma family member or friend.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-14 13:11

      The reality is that as long as Zuma783 and the ZANC is there,you ,the taxpayer will be Speared.ZANC made money out of the building of Medupi and Kusile,because their investment arm Chancellor House owned Hitachi Power Africa that had the R38 Billion contract for the boilers.That projects are now late because of strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,which had to be rectified by overseas welders. Now they will use this crisis,ZANC created,to justify the building of Russian nuclear reactors.So Chancellor House and the cadres can get tenders again.ZANC keep on winning.And if you followed the news,the Guptas are getting an uranium mine off the ground,in anticipation of the nuclear build

  • Made Inthe South - 2015-01-14 13:06

    No crisis at Nkandla.When is the first of the Eksdom sponsored Gupta breakfast meetings? And who will be attending those breakfast meetings?Sacci members perhaps?

  • Bradley Duncan - 2015-01-14 13:10

    Consumers have already reduced their usage as requested in 2008. Personally I have saved 14% by changing to energy saving globes, smaller geyser, using fans instead of aircons etc. Where the hell do we save more now except to turn things off permanently that we actually need to live our day to day lives? Firkin idiots.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-14 13:22

      I have done all that and a solar geyser.Dont know how to save more

  • Made Inthe South - 2015-01-14 13:13

    Why are Medupi and Kusile 5 years late[Operationally]?Because of violent labour strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,the boilers that Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned through Chancellor House] had a R38 Billion contract for.That resulted in them flying in overseas welders to do it over.And adding to cost.?Google it Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance[Of which Numsa was a part

  • irritirritated - 2015-01-14 13:18

    Of course there's a quick fix - sell it off, and let someone who knows take charge and Bob's your Uncle

      Allan Brits - 2015-01-14 13:22

      Bobs not my uncle Bob up north is jz uncle

  • Allan Brits - 2015-01-14 13:21

    It won't affect nkandla and jz harem chickens cows helipad fire pool etc etc etc

  • Niel Annali Appleton - 2015-01-14 13:24


      Made Inthe South - 2015-01-14 13:37


      Nu Vérité - 2015-01-14 13:44


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  • John Stoltz - 2015-01-14 13:28

    SACCI and why are you forgetting Foreign Direct Investment??? Who will invest where the lights are out??? And who must we thank,.....the ANC!!

  • Colin Langley - 2015-01-14 13:30

    Eskom has to face the fact that it will be irrelevant in the very near future as South Africans realize the benefits of alternative sources of energy. But knowing the despicable bunch of morons in the government they will tax it to death soi they can keep up with the Jones'.

  • Inda Dark - 2015-01-14 13:32

    Does Sacci think we didnt know that we are all affected??

  • Patrick Ndaba - 2015-01-14 13:39

    Eskom woes affect and boost quick connection of shcks

  • Jonty Aron - 2015-01-14 13:42

    What is like to know is why was nothing repaired or maintained in December when the grid were not busy as everyone was on holiday.

  • pierre.vandermerwe.14 - 2015-01-14 13:50

    I think It's time for a FORENSIC AUDIT on Eskom's finances and the public protector to investigate this electricity saga!!!

  • Anakin Stealthwalker - 2015-01-14 13:57

    "In the meantime, Sacci appeals to consumers to limit the use of electricity as far as possible such as, but not limited to, switching off all UNNECESSARY LIGHTS and appliances." : I think a more aggressive approach is needed to save us all from rolling blackouts until Eskom can get more capacity onto the grid. There just however doesn't seem to be proper motivation to save electricity in the retail/small business sector: Eskom should update their website and include a feedback link for small business and retail consumers, because every time there is a crises it's the small business & domestic consumer that gets hit first. IE can Eskom sponsor the installation of energy-saving lights or even just help the small companies to identify and advise them on how to reduce wasteful electricity consumption at present(now)? For those thinking I have endless "committees" or "regulations" in mind - NO!! If a company/business feels it wants to save on electricity consumption who can they contact at Eskom? Again, this is not "you are only allowed to have one light in your shop or there will be a fine - this is not a "SANRAL" idea: this is in an advisory role to: (a) Help small business to be "energy efficient" thereby... (b) Saving the company unnecessary expenditure on electricity and... (c) Lowering the risk of rolling blackouts...and (d) Keeping the shops open for business longer. So come on Eskom, give small businesses and retail a website link to contact you?

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2015-01-14 14:02

    No it doesn't, those receiving the fat paychecks and big bonuses are doing just fine at ESKOM. Those living in government housing where outages never happen are not affected either.

  • Johannes Machele - 2015-01-14 15:10

    How can management decide to defer maintenance but not at the same time doing it to seniors in terms of payments of bonus

  • Eben De Jongh - 2015-01-14 15:16


  • Lloyd Stoltz - 2015-01-14 15:25

    think about it... "South Africa" the "South" is slang for a disaster

  • mmmmTim - 2015-01-14 17:10

    The problem is that Eskom has been encouraging everyone to use less power, so they are earning less income, exacerbated by the rolling blackouts where they also earn nothing but badly damage all the switchgear which is not designed for repeated on/off use = even more cost.

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