Zuma: 'Top priority' Eskom to get R23bn

Zuma: 'Top priority' Eskom to get R23bn

2015-02-12 21:30

Cape Town - Overcoming the energy challenge faced by the state-owned power monopoly Eskom was "uppermost in our programme", President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Addressing the opening of parliament State of the Nation speech - which was an hour late after EFF MPs were removed and DA MPs walked out - he said R23bn would be directed at Eskom to solve its financial problems in the next fiscal year.

"The country is experiencing serious energy constraints.... (it is an impediment to economic growth. It is a major inconvenience to everyone in the country."

He said government developed a plan which involves both short-, medium- and long term responses.

The short- and medium-term plan includes improvement of Eskom power stations, enhancing energy capacity and managing electricity demands, while the long-term plan focuses on a energy security master plan, he said.

Zuma said  the war room established by Cabinet is working diligently around the clock with Eskom to stabilise the electricity system an contain load shedding.

"During this period we have to work together to find solutions.

"We have to save electricity to reduce the need for load shedding. The department of public works has been instructed to ensure all government concerns are energy efficient."

Zuma also said Eskom has been directed to switch from diesel to gas as a source of energy for the utilities generators. Households are also being encouraged to switch from electricity to gas.

The quest for alternative energy sources is also ongoing. To date government as procured 4 000 MW from renewable sources.

Eskom itself has completed the construction of a renewable energy farm contributing to the grid.

Government also began procuring in December 2014 2 400 MW of new coal fired power generation capacity.


  • tshepo.motsisi.9 - 2015-02-12 20:39

    How much of the R23 billion will actually reach Eskom???

      Franky Mark - 2015-02-12 21:29

      We pay through our necks for electricity now they are using our tax money to pay them even more - obviously something is very wrong somewhere!

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-12 21:46

      There was no open tender process. Zuma went to see Putin alone and in secret recently,without any witnesses present. Everything points to one of the biggest bribe jobs that has happened in the history of bribes. A Trillion rand is R1000 000 000 000.A R Million times a Million. So if Zuma only negotiated a 1% bribe,his bribe will be R10 Billion.My maths correct? This can not stand. We can not afford to pay up front.So the Russians will build.Then they will be payed out of the electricity sold to consumers. Each and every bill payer will be affected. It is a new e-tolls. E-lectric

      Jeremy Forbes - 2015-02-12 22:30

      All talk no substance, no delivery, just another day, just another promise by the governing party.

      Buffalo Bull - 2015-02-13 02:38

      Zuma is showing his utter ignorance by imagining that R23billion is all that is required to play catchup with SA'S power crisis ! ..... R23bn is less than a 30th of what's required ! ..... That missing R700bn would have come in real handy right now but SA is governed by looters who regard maintenance and forward planning as Western ideas ! ..... Self enrichment has become a national way of life and SA's lifeboats are being burnt one by one while Jacob Zuma fiddles !

      Scott Kelly - 2015-02-13 06:05

      R23B? An expensive band-aid! That's about a quarter or less of what's actually needed. The rest has already been lost to cANCers corruption and useless city and street renaming. Come the revolution!

      Jon van der Heever - 2015-02-13 13:07

      Quote: "Zuma said the war room established by Cabinet is working diligently around the clock with Eskom to stabilise the electricity system an contain load shedding." Which is why everyone downed tools and went on leave, right? I'm glad I didn't watch this fiasco!

  • Peter Storbeck - 2015-02-12 20:49

    Of course it is. The cANCer are lining up contracts for themselves at an incredible rate

  • Derek Chapman - 2015-02-12 20:58

    Eish Eskom executives are going to be getting massive increases by the looks of things

  • Jacobus Alwyn Viljoen - 2015-02-12 21:01

    Start at your corrupt municipalities who doesn't pay Eskom

  • André Botes - 2015-02-12 21:02

    One day we can tell our grandchildren that at least we had electricity once before reverting back to candles and lanterns.

  • André Botes - 2015-02-12 21:11

    But on a lighter note - this ANC dude walks into a shop wanting to buy candles in anticipation of a total power blackout. "You want it scented" ask the shopkeeper. Comes the reply: "No, I'll take mineith a with tanks".

  • Westley Nolan - 2015-02-12 21:13

    #1 - news24: Go and EFF yourselves. You bunch of hypocrites. Stop deleting my perfectly neutral comment! #2- Back to my comment: My problem is not with black vs white. It's not with ANC vs DA/EFF. It is the fact that people can't distinguish between right and wrong!!! It is the fact that people can't think for themselves. Parliament was supposed to be a circus (we all knew that) but our constitution got EFF'ed in the but tonight in front of a world audience. The abuse of power was mind numbingly obvious! All of that to protect one silly little man (I'm sure he barely respects himself, why should you?). Whether you voted for "the movement" or "the old regime" it doesn't matter! Start thinking for yourselves and stop following so blindly. How free is this "democracy" you talk about if your minds aren't even free? You should all go and EFFing jump off a cliff!!!!!!!! (You not meaning everyone but those selected few sheep)

  • Martin van der Merwe - 2015-02-12 21:20

    Where will the money come from idoit, you have just lots a majority of foreighn investments by your policy around land so where to now!

  • Sass Kloppers - 2015-02-12 21:29

    Money that these THIEVES will be getting WHERE!!!

      Maria Klein - 2015-02-12 21:48

      They will get huge salary increases and huge bonuses.

  • Ewald van den Heever - 2015-02-12 21:31

    There is only so much money left for the average South African to survive on as is. Watch the horizon people, the day is coming when your pay check is going as is to the state, and the state gets to tell you where you live and when you eat, if there is anything to eat at all.

  • Matthew Dean - 2015-02-12 21:42

    Pity nobody could have smuggled a gun into that circus event. Plant one between the turtle's eyes

  • Matthew Dean - 2015-02-12 21:44

    Btw how predictable. Such urgency over load shedding but today 'none'. Mind you, outages in Sandton this morning, Birdhaven in afternoon... Now they're even lying about it not happening. Total mess.

  • Craig Jenny Mackenzie - 2015-02-12 22:07

    Lies lies lies. That is what spewed out of Shower heads mouth this evening

  • Willem Wulfse - 2015-02-12 22:22

    The only reason why Zoomer & co seek funding for anything is because of the cut they get out of the deal. Scavengers and the poor will remain poor...

  • Centurion Officer - 2015-02-12 22:24

    Do they have financial problems or capacity problems? When the grid is under pressure, does that mean there is no money in the bank? Money is not going to solve this problem, only worsen it. The more money you give to Eskom the more sharks it will attract.

  • paulo.jorge.5268 - 2015-02-12 22:30

    This means higher bonuses for the shareholders (government).

  • Mawethu Daweti - 2015-02-12 22:45

    Next time they will tell us to use alternative ways of lighting such as candles. All in an effort to save electricity for Zuma keep his swimming pool pump and heaters running.

  • Mawethu Daweti - 2015-02-12 22:50

    Next time they will tell us to use alternative ways of lighting such as candles. All in an effort to save energy so that Zuma can keep his swimming pool pumps and heaters running in Nkandla.

  • Dirk Louw - 2015-02-12 22:54

    Hoe convenient that the ANC through it's dubiously linked invesment company Chanslor House has secured some prudent investments in Mosambiques gas discovery and also invested in Shell... who just by chance is awaiting for the go ahead for a "impartial" Shale Gass exploration drilling permit... Nice Job Guys so glad to see your

  • Joe Black - 2015-02-12 22:55

    yeah... yeah... Geez a 10 year old could have read it off a piece of paper just as well. The only time during the SONA when he did not read slowly from that paper was when he was making jokes. Like the time he thought it so very funny that R6bn will be spent on planning road works. Planning for Pet's sake! 20-20 hindsight is such a wonderful thing. Too bad the money is not coming from the people who were so wise to let country's power grid fall in shambles.

  • Muridana - 2015-02-12 22:55

    22b is for zuma then 1b for eskom obvious

  • MICHAEL1025 - 2015-02-12 23:03

    22 billion will be used for bonuses and 1 billion for company cars

  • James Lake - 2015-02-12 23:07

    R700 billion stolen by your government in 20 years! Imagine how amazing eskom would be with half that money you pig!

  • Erns Kleynhans - 2015-02-12 23:08

    Oh! Nice bonus... Lekka breakfasts...

  • Vivian Harris - 2015-02-12 23:12

    R23bn to solve Eskom's financial problems?! WTF??!! Stop managements ridiculous huge salaries and (non)performance bonuses!!!! Top priority is the poverty stricken masses thats been waiting for 2 decades for the government to fulfil their empty promises.

      Vivian Harris - 2015-02-12 23:19

      We are all equal...only in SA are a select few more equal than others. A better life for all my a**!!!!

  • Bryan Coulter - 2015-02-12 23:13

    Eskom is a problem that was created by the ANC. Now they they are trying to fix it. Sorry but if you f.ed it chances are you'll never fix it. Keep dreaming and throwing billions of our money into 24 milion rand breakfasts and 30 million golden handshakes.

  • Vivian Harris - 2015-02-12 23:30

    Instead of wasting R23bn on Eskdom...give every needy person a million rand and unused government land. But no...rather fill you own pocket and keep the masses in poverty and living like animals...

  • Shirley Deysel - 2015-02-13 00:26

    F Off with this BS..... Why so damn much for Eksdom??? So those pathetic idiots can line their pockets some more!!! Zumas last brain cell just died.... Now he's a complete pathetic excuse of a president.

  • Manfred Klose - 2015-02-13 00:58

    Give it to a Private Contractor

  • Ian Murray - 2015-02-13 02:08

    This is being pee'ed up against the tax payers wall propping an ineffectual Government disaster. Are the tackling illegal connections, non paying communities. All swept under the carpet. Wait till they recover this from the tariff. Country is fast approaching ruin.

  • Ugan Padayachee - 2015-02-13 02:48

    If the govt pays back the R 700 million lost to corruption, they'll probably be sorted forever.

  • Reinhild-Heimo Böhmer - 2015-02-13 04:52

    No bailouts will help ESCOM out of its predicament - it will recur time and again - like SAA et al. The real problem is AA / BEE that is failing the country BIG TIME - no business skills and no management skills !!

  • Tommy Danson Maganedisa - 2015-02-13 05:16

    One day cut of electricity will take two or more days.

  • Kevin Jones - 2015-02-13 06:15

    They cant't even add. Oh sorry he has a dubious STD 2 education. How much did the government give Eskom this year ? 23 Billion wont be enough. Seriously my goldfish is brighter.

  • Les Burmeister - 2015-02-13 06:32

    Throwing money at the problem does not help. Get proper skills back into the country you retards.

  • ivan.kraemer - 2015-02-13 06:53

    Now they can pay themselves more big bonus'.

  • Carl Reiche - 2015-02-13 08:13

    Mr ZUMA, you and your fellow comrades are blind, so blind. Eskom, SABC, Telkom & SAA are a good example of how NOT TO run a country. I would suggest these get privatized as soon as possible. Private business would never end up like this as its not financial sense.

  • Mark Crozier - 2015-02-13 08:17

    Why don't you offer a REAL subsidy on PV solar array installations? That will solve all your problems in one go. Gas is just another fossil fuel. Solar is clean, free and forever!

  • Sedric Naidoo - 2015-02-13 08:22

    Eskoms power plants currently,can generate approx 40 GWatts of electricity....excluding the wind farms,solar farms and power from the Katze Dam venture.By investing further into renewable energy like offshore wind farms the government can reduce the cost of electricity to the people over a period of time as there is no raw material input to run windfarms. Offshore wind farms are the way to go...no crooked dealings to procure fuel to run.,.JUST FREE ENERGY (once the investment has been paid off) As well as the current power supply ,we also need to take into account that Eskom accepts electricity from companies that have their own power generation capabilities. There is NO need for a nuclear station....INVEST in renewables and then its cheaper for the consumer.

  • arthur.salvado - 2015-02-13 08:54

    No talk of collecting the R4BILLION outstanding from residents in Soweto ?

  • James N Catherine Coackley - 2015-02-13 10:13

    When I hear that more money will be going to Eskom I can't help but think of that movie "The Money Pit".

  • Todays Realist - 2015-02-13 10:47

    Cut off all the Municipalities who are in arrears with ESKOM. The FREE electricity must stop. Municipalities must remove illegal connections to curb their outstanding debt! Then the R23 billion might make a difference.

  • Todays Realist - 2015-02-13 10:52

    Lets be fair, we cannot blame Zuma for load shedding. It is the 62% of the Electrorate who do not pay for electricity that keep voting the ANC into power so they can get their FREEBIES!

  • Alan White - 2015-02-13 11:26

    You need to change the people running the place - put competent people in place first! Otherwise the money will be wasted - again!! Why is government seeking to keep a monopoloy on powder supply - allow private enterprise to assist!

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