No load shedding, despite “festival of maintenance”. Can Eskom keep it up?

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Eskom pulled off the first part of its “festival of maintenance” this long weekend without load shedding.

Brian Molefe, Eskom’s acting CEO, said on Tuesday that planned maintenance was performed on plants generating 2303 MW of electricity of which 1643 MW was put back to service.

How pleased should we be? Can Eskom keep it up? And how realistic is the mood of cautious optimism since Brian Molefe’s appointment as acting CEO?

Energy expert and Managing Editor at EE Publishers Chris Yelland reckons celebrating would be premature and referred to the weekend’s maintenance as “relatively superficial and not enough”.

Yelland says he has “no doubt” that load shedding will continue for the next two to three years.

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail.

We didn't expect load shedding on the weekend as demand was low and Eskom used its emergency reserves.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

A degree of optimism is starting to show. Molefe’s arrival has improved communication. He’s projecting an infectious positive attitude and the War Room’s work is starting to bear fruit.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

There’s a realisation that the private sector will deliver new capacity that we need while government focuses on finishing Medupi and Kusile.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

We don’t know just how bad the situation at Medupi is. I hope this is being given massive attention behind the scenes. The labour situation has the potential to derail things even further.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

Brian Molefe has a good track record. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, but there’s reason for optimism. He’s more experienced than anyone that came before him.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

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