After Eskom dropped the ball on Monday, plunging South Africa into nationwide blackouts, Minister Pravin Gordhan himself stepped in. Here's what the Public Enterprises Minister had to say during the 'crunch' talks with the power entity.
Eskom has had a rough 48 hours, culminating with Minister Pravin Gordhan sitting down for critical talks with the power behemoth.
The entity 'lost' 7 units over the weekend, resulting in the first bout of loadshedding for 2019 with nationwide blackouts.
Blue Monday had been turned somewhat Black as 'Stage 4' was introduced for the first time. Ted Blom, energy expert, had dubbed the move a 'disaster'.
The immediate problem had come in when seven power units tripped, cutting 20-40% of the countries total supply. Added to this, Eskom had been crippled by diesel and generation shortages.
The Minister had held a meeting in an attempt to find accountability and solutions. The state-owned entity has since released a statement, explaining what was discussed:
“The escalation from Stage 2 to Stage 4 load shedding was caused by seven generation units tripping within five hours. The report on causes – as well as an overview of challenges facing old and new power stations – formed much of the discussion between the board and the Department of Public Enterprises By Monday evening, four units returned to service and we expect to have the remaining three back up on Tuesday”
The 'crunch' didn't end there, here's a brief outline of other issues discussed during the meeting:
- Medupi and Kosile ( the newest power stations) were labeled unreliable and aren't 'meaningfully' contributing to the electricity supply
- The board resolved to review when all 'new' projects will be completed
- Not only the board but Gordhan will inspect reducing costs and increasing output
- An in-depth audit of the whole system will take place in a bid to reduce the risk of repeat incidents
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his 'shock' and 'anger' at the blackouts, with South Africa largely sharing the same sentiments.
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