Is SA exporting 77 million tons of coal to China? Pictures cause social media outrage

Is SA exporting 77 million tons of coal to China? Pictures cause social media outrage

South Africans are angered by satellite images of coal being loaded onto docked ships in Richards Bay Habour. Apparently, the millions of tons of coal are to be exported to countries like China.

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Despite the reported coal shortage that is considered the greatest problem Eskom is facing, South Africa is still continuing to export millions of tons.

South Africans were outraged when photos of millions of tons of coal being loaded, ready for export, where shared on social media.

As reported by The Sowetan, South Africa exports about 77 million tons of coal to Asia, a large portion of it going to China.

However, is there really reason to be so angry?

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The coal used by Eskom and the coal being exported, are not the same kind of thing.

Eskom's power plants are designed to use a lower grade coal that cannot be sold or exported. South Africa exports the higher grade stuff instead.

So perhaps people were jumping to conclusions too quickly.

That does not mean there is no reason to be upset. Eskom still does have a shortage of coal and mismanagement has caused chaos at the power utility. State capture also nearly ruined Eskom.

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Also, design flaws at the two mega-plants, at the two newest power plants, Kusile and Medupi, are set to cost taxpayers an astonishing R345 billion.

In the last week, every single one of Eskom's 12 largest and most vital power stations experienced break down, as reported on by

It seems that exporting is not South Africa's biggest problem, Eskom's management is.

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