There is no crisis at Eskom – Matona

2014-12-08 17:14

The country is not experiencing a power supply crisis, says Eskom.

“There is no crisis at Eskom. I think the way Eskom gets reported on creates the perception of a crisis,” CEO Tshediso Matona told reporters in Johannesburg today.

Matona said the power utility needed financial stability and additional power to make sure electricity supply was reliable.

Eskom sold power cheaply.

“We sell electricity below cost compared to other countries. We have spoken about this before... It is a matter of policy implementation, which we do not do ourselves.”

Eskom did not anticipate implementing its Stage 3 schedule of rolling blackouts again this month, he said.

“We will probably not go into Stage 3 from this difficult patch, but that will rely on additional power capacity going forward,” said Matona.

Stage one allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be shed, stage two for up to 2000MW and stage three for up to 4000MW.

Matona earlier apologised for recent power blackouts.

“The events were completely unexpected, especially on Thursday and Friday,” he said.

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