Eskom generators down

2015-01-10 00:00

TWO downed Eskom generators pushed South Africa back into stage one loadshedding yesterday.

Blackouts are expected to continue over the weekend.

Eskom deputy spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the national power supplier will work tirelessly to return generators to service.

He said Eskom cannot give any assurances about load shedding over the weekend, but he urged users to follow time schedules issued by municipalities.

“Currently we are sitting on stage one of load shedding and our concern is to return the generators that are out of service in Mpumalanga,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DA sees the electricity crisis in SA going from bad to worse.

In a statement released yesterday, DA MP Natasha Michael wrote to the Public Enterprises Committee requesting an urgent call for a sitting that will summon Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom CEO Tshediso Motana to brief the committee on the latest financial crisis at the cash-strapped Eskom.

The DA quoted Public Enterprises Minister Brown saying “Eskom will run out of money by end of January”.

“It is clear that the executive and Eskom are not giving the public the full truth of the crisis at Eskom.”

In 2014, Eskom was given a R20 billion bailout by Treasury in order for the power utility to meet the day-to-day electricity needs of households and businesses.

“It appears that this bailout has been funding the use of diesel-generated power, which costs R3 per kilowatt hour, compared to coal-generated power, which costs far less, at 62 cents per kilowatt hour. The use of diesel, is the result of making up for the kilowatt shortfall,” she said.

The current load shedding schedules for Msunduzi and eThekwini are available on The Witness website www.witness.co.za

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