Eskom's 'dog-in the-manger' act is ruining SA

2017-06-29 11:51

Let's just look at the facts.

1) Eskom supplies 95% of SA's power and is an extremely badly-run State Owned Enterprise, thanks to the ANC. 

2) South Africa has one of the world's best situations for renewable energy - a long coastline (for wind power) and excellent sunshine (for solar panels). 

3) Our lack of electricity in the past has turned away billions of rands' worth of investment (car factories, smelters etc).

4) Solar power worldwide will be cheaper than coal power by 2020, just 3 year's time, and its costs will continue to decline.

5) The need for 'base-load power' is an Eskom lie. Many factories do not operate at night. And we have plenty of off-shore gas available in Mozambique, that can provide gas turbines at a moment's notice, which when combined with wind and solar, can ensure continuous supply - AT MUCH LOWER COSTS THAN COAL. This has been proven by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

6) There is absolutely no need for nuclear, which would bankrupt South Africa for decades to come. (This was the biggest get-rich-scheme ever dreamed of by Zuma and the Guptas.)

So why is Eskom not wanting to sign new deals with Independent Power Producers? Because it is wanting to hog all the profits for itself - and is thus inflicting far higher future costs on all South Africans who use electricity. Absolute fact. It is simply playing 'dog-in-the-manger - when far cheaper sources of electricity are readily available to all South Africans. (And this is not even to mention the billions already stolen under Dudu Myeni's watch - surely one of the most useless ministers ever.) But as long as the ANC remains in power, all South Africans are going to suffer. Guess what needs to change. It is time.


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