Eskom employee arrested — copper cable worth R540,000 confiscated

An Eskom employee and contractor were arrested yesterday for being possession of a large quantity of copper cable in Welkom, Free State, the state-owned power utility announced in a media statement. “Thanks to the vigilance of a patrolling Police Captain from the Welkom K9 Unit, the two suspects were arrested and copper cable of 170 metres with an estimated value …

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Eskom CEO hired bodyguards after threats to “moer” him

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has told Sunday newspaper Rapport he had to hire bodyguards following numerous threats on social media over load-shedding. In response to one of the threats, De Ruyter opened a criminal case of intimidation against EFF Kwa-Zulu Natal leader Vusi Khoza after he encouraged people to hunt the “useless fools” at Eskom and “moer” and “bliksem” …

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Eskom is unstable and collapsing — Deputy President

Deputy President David Mabuza has spoken out in support of Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, saying that he inherited an ailing, unstable, collapsing institution. “We must commend him for the work done,” Mabuza told eNCA. Mabuza joins several high-level government officials who have weighed in on De Ruyter’s performance. Finance minister Enoch Godongwana, and mineral resources and energy minister Gwede …

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Eskom load-shedding reprieve

Eskom will suspend stage 2 load-shedding from 21:00 on Thursday, and implement stage 1 rotational power cuts from 05:00 to 21:00 on Friday, 19 November. The power utility said its teams have successfully returned eight generating units to service over the past 24 hours. “This together with load-shedding has allowed us to recover the dam levels at the pump storage …

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Eskom wants South African taxpayers to take over R200 billion debt

Eskom finance head Calib Cassim says that Eskom requires government to take over R200 billion in debt or else it will be unable to accept R130 billion in funding offered by other countries, reports City Press. The state-owned power utility currently has around R400 billion in outstanding debt. It is therefore asking the South African taxpayer to take over half …

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Eskom is wrong, or it’s lying — City Power and Cape Town

Johannesburg’s City Power and the City of Cape Town have reportedly hit back at Eskom after the power utility accused municipalities of not fully complying with its directives to implement stage 2 load-shedding last week. This comes after Eskom announced on Tuesday that only two of its municipal customers fully implemented stage 2 load-shedding as instructed. Eskom has 28 municipal …

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Eskom power station shocker

Only two of Eskom’s fifteen power stations — Lethabo and Matimba — meet the energy availability factor (EAF) target of 75%, while the newly built Kusile has an EAF of only 24%. This was revealed by Netwerk24, citing data shared by Eskom’s acting head of maintenance, Paula Goatley. Political and trend analyst, JP Landman, highlighted that South Africa’s Integrated Resource …

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Eskom cracks the whip

Eskom has threatened to use its own teams to enforce rotational power cuts in municipalities that do not comply with its instructions to implement the necessary amount of load-shedding. The warning shot came during an update on the state of the utility’s generation system on Wednesday afternoon. Eskom group executive for distribution, Monde Bala, provided more details on the issue …

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Six of South Africa’s biggest cities ignore Eskom — cause Stage 4 load-shedding

All municipalities in South Africa except Ethekwini and Buffalo City failed to comply with Eskom’s instructions to implement a sufficient amount of load-shedding over the weekend. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter made this revelation during a virtual briefing by the power utility regarding the state of its generating system on Tuesday afternoon. Eskom can only implement rotating power cuts on …

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Eskom is falling apart

Eskom has no money for spares to fix power stations, breakdowns are at an all-time high, its energy availability factor (EAF) is the worst in history, and staff morale has hit rock bottom. Energy analyst Mike Rossouw said 2021 had been the worst year ever regarding Eskom’s power plant availability. “This year, Eskom’s energy availability factor (EAF) is around 50%. …

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