Problems faced by Eskom are because of poor plant maintenance - Outa

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has called for bold interventions to minimise load shedding as Eskom battles to keep the lights on.

The utility implemented stage 4 load shedding on Monday, which means the state-owned power utility will start additional, unscheduled power cuts wherever it needs to and outside of its schedules.

READ: Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding

Outa says stage 4 signals a dire situation for Eskom’s energy generation and raises serious concerns for the economy.

Energy Activist and Outa’s energy portfolio manager, Ronald Chauke says the problem at the utility is because of poor plant maintenance.

The programme which they used for maintenance, they kept on deferring it instead of doing the critical maintenance and unfortunately, the money budgeted for maintenance was used for purposes not intended for.

Ronald Chauke, Energy portfolio manager - Outa

So it is a combination of what you can call poor management, lack of direction, lack of accountability and Eskom failing to take into account the sensitivity of the age of the coal fired power stations. Most of those plants have reached more than their 50 year life cycle.

Ronald Chauke, Energy portfolio manager - Outa

It's like you driving a car over and over again without taking it to service, unfortunately it will give in and you will find yourself on the side of the road.

Ronald Chauke, Energy portfolio manager - Outa

Chauke says the utility is not generating sufficient revenue to cover its own operational costs.

Basically they are living from hand to mouth. Why are we not applying clean corporate governance, meaning that we need to live within our means.

Ronald Chauke, Energy portfolio manager - Outa

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