Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, alongside Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza, recently held a media briefing on the status of Eskom. Here are five facts South Africans can take away from the update on the utility's state of affairs.
Minister Pravin Gordhan held a media briefing along with Eskom executives to update the nation on the sketchy situation at the embattled entity.
Having managed to keep load-shedding at bay, at least for the last two weeks, the situation appears to be an improvement from the stage 4 blackouts that had been suddenly implemented.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that at the last briefing, Gordhan had revealed that the utility could not commit to a set date for the end of load-shedding.
Here are five facts given at the briefing that you need to be aware of.
1. The technical review team has not finished assessing the situation. However, Gordhan has claimed that they have assisted in providing a 'better understanding' of issues at the utility. The team will need another week or two to complete their assessment.
2. While the entity was hoping to avoid load-shedding, Gordhan promised that only Stage 1 would be implemented until the end of August.
3. Eskom has a winter plan, due to kick in from the beginning of May. Several scenarios are possible, with Gordhan claiming to have contingency plans in place for all of them.
4. The utility is still battling with finances, especially when it came to their extensive use of diesel, according to News24.
5. The Medupi and Kusile plants are, by Gordhan's own admission, poorly-designed. Despite this, construction will continue at the power stations.
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