'It's entirely Eskom's fault, and we take responsibility and apologise'

The country has not had load shedding since 9 December 2018 - that's 63 days. But it appears to be back...

Read: Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Kieno Kammies speaks to senior general manager for demand management at Eskom Andrew Etzinger.

Etzinger says Eskom has spent over R400 billion on building new power stations but says these new builds are 'not coming to the party.'

Those power stations, unfortunately, are not delivering reliable, consistent output at the moment which is a huge frustration to us.

Andrew Etzinger, Demand management senior general manager - Eskom

Eskom as its top engineers working along with the suppliers, designers, and contractors, on those plants, he adds.

Also read: Eskom unbundling could be South Africa's Brexit, argues economist

He cites state capture as the second reason for the power supply problems.

Certainly, over the last couple of years, there has been a diversion of attention and resources away from the technical aspects of the generation plant to other things which has severely compromised us at both the technical level and the coal availability level.

Andrew Etzinger, Demand management senior general manager - Eskom

He says Eskom has been 'hard at work' since November to sort out these problems.

But last week, we had a bad week, with technical faults at a number of our power stations occurring simultaneously, which position a position where we were in a deficit and we needed to, unfortunately, implement load shedding.

Andrew Etzinger, Demand management senior general manager - Eskom

From our side, it's entirely Eskom's fault and we take responsibility and we apologise.

Andrew Etzinger, Demand management senior general manager - Eskom

Etzinger says this week things look tough and load shedding is likely to continue.

I'm not optimistic. I've seen this before.

Andrew Etzinger, Demand management senior general manager - Eskom

He says Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 9am on Monday morning and will continue into the evening.

Take a listen to Etzinger's explanation below:

Be aware that Eskom's load-shedding schedule and the City of Cape Town's schedule may differ. At times, the City will only implement stage 1 or not implement at all if it has additional capacity when Eskom is, inf act, at stage 2.

NOTE: Capetonians can check if and when they will be affected by load shedding from the Eskom website and the City of Cape Town website.

The increased traffic to the sites may prevent you from connecting so we have posted a copy of the City of Cape Town schedules to help.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'It's entirely Eskom's fault, and we take responsibility and apologise'


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