Category Archives: Eskom

ANC’s big lie about electricity in South Africa

A new report reveals how the ANC government forbade Eskom from building new power stations while South Africa was running out of electricityelec-pylons-2

The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released a new report, titled: “The rise and fall of Eskom – and how to fix it now”.

Eskom needs tariff increase because load shedding is expensive: CEO

Eskom is asking for an increase in tariffs because it wants to deal with the problem of load shedding, acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said


“We are just asking for money to deal with the issue of load shedding,” he told a National Energy Regulator of SA panel in Johannesburg.

Plan launched for worst case blackout scenario

While Eskom is insistent that a total blackout is out of the question, a concerned group has launched a basic emergency guide to living in the dark.


The plan offers practical tips on how households can prepare for the eventuality of being without Eskom electricity for up to two weeks, the period it would take for Eskom to turn the lights back on if there was a total blackout.

Eskom to pay law firm R22m to tell them why they have financial woes

R22m budget for Eskom inquiry

Parliament – R22 million has been allocated for multi-national law firm Denton’s three-month inquiry into Eskom’s financial woes, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Monday.


“The costs have been capped at R22 million,” the minister said in response to a written parliamentary question by the Freedom Front Plus.

Did 34% of households have access to electricity in 1994?

President Jacob Zuma claims that 34% of households had access to electricity in 1994. Available data suggests he is wrong. By 1994 it was about 50%.


As the lights flicker on and off in South Africa, government has come under increasing pressure to resolve and account for the “electricity crisis”.


Siphiwo Ntshuntshe

A few weeks friends of mine from Durban convinced me to join them for drinks in Kloof, and what became a nice evening was interrupted by Eskom’s load shedding. Of course, by that time we had already had enough liquor in our systems to carry on with the aid of candle lights – such is the life in Cape Town. The mega utility’s management and sole shareholder representative, the South African government, are the ones to blame for the failures that peaked in 2008, and again in 2014 through to this year.

Eskom shuts down Medupi over strike action

Eskom has shut down Medupi Power Plant in Lephalale, Limpopo, to protect its property and workers, after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) went on strike at the plant, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told Fin24 on Wednesday.

Medupi Power Plant

Medupi Power Plant

What Madiba told the Eskom chief

In the dying days of apartheid, the head of South Africa’s power utility, the central pillar of the white-run economy, sat down with Nelson Mandela and asked him a simple question: when you take office, what are you going to do with Eskom?


Economist weighs in on Eskom management problems