Eskom battling rough weather to keep lights on

2012-07-14 18:15

Cape Town - Severe weather conditions have caused power disruptions in parts of the Eastern Cape, Eskom said on Saturday.

"Heavy snow, strong winds and rain in the Eastern Cape have affected some of Eskom's transmission and distribution infrastructure, while road closures due to the weather have made access a challenge," the power utility said in a statement.

Technicians have been dispatched in helicopters and off-road vehicles to restore power to those areas which have experienced interruptions to power supply, it said.

"Eskom has managed to effect repairs and prevent interruptions to power supply in most parts of the province, and it is working to restore power as soon as possible to those areas which have been affected.

"These include Tsitsikama, Queesnstown, Kareedouw, parts of Uniondale and Elliot, Storms River and Aliwal North, and the Tiffendale ski resort."

With further inclement weather expected, Eskom technicians are on standby in East London and Port Elizabeth to attend to any repairs that may be needed.

Technicians are monitoring conditions in the province closely, Eskom said.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 18:51

    Winter has come to ZA long before the European invasion. And I'm pretty sure it will come every year long after every white person has been pushed into the ocean (as some long for). We read much about your bonuses, increases and parties and much about the tightness of supply. Begging us on the 1-hand to cut consumption and forcing us on the other to pay 75% hikes - with more gargantuan hikes on the way. Yay! Govt must admit that population is unsustainable for the lifestyle that they spent the last 40+ years promising people they'd have.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 21:00

      Well gngaleka maybe in your context, 'unfounded'. Perhaps you have not been around N24 very long. Many posters express that wish often. Usually as a cure to all the problems - even the weather :) The only phobia I have is living in a world dominated by irrational people with many policies and zero ability to implement plans

      ann.meier1 - 2012-07-14 21:27

      This is all getting a little bit out of hand!! We all know Eskom has problems, but these outages are due to the SHOCKING weather! I have never experienced anything like this! I am so impressed that our electricity in Knysna hasn't gone out!! When have you every heard of a marathon being CANCELLED because of the weather! PLease now all you negative people catch a wake up!!!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-14 21:35

      Welcome - if you can see this you have power!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 22:08

      There's a certain irony to be asked to drown myself for being phobic about being pushed into the ocean :)

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-07-15 08:22

      I agree, winter comes around more or less the same time every year, i don't understand why Eskom finds it so hard to believe, they start panicking as if they never expected winter..

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-15 16:49


  • Louis Fouis - 2012-07-14 18:58

    Minder partytjies meer krag

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-07-14 18:58

    Eskom should have planned ahead in case of events such as what is far as I am concerned screw the shareholders and screw the bonuses....screw the ridiculous high salaries for the trolls in charge and double screw the company party.....bladdy bunch of wasteful thieves.....

  • vian.kroon - 2012-07-14 19:19

    Why worry let's have a 36M rand party...

      freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-15 08:39

      Does it include Baluga Kaviar & french champagne?

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-14 19:23

    & Now Eskom wants bonusus out of tax payers money? EISH. Which money Eskom? Aikona!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 21:02

      Not only bonuses but a guaranteed 19% price hike EVERY YEAR for the next three years!

  • solly.rand - 2012-07-14 19:36

    F..K eskom!!!!

      freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-15 08:35

      I like that attitude!! I hope you are using the middle fingers of both hands.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-14 20:11

    F**k the lights , let's party !!!

  • atisang.mosepelovic - 2012-07-14 20:27

    Eksom must just shut the F***k up u Spent 36M on a Party screw yall now u wanna raise Tarrif Rates Yall can Suck it!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-14 20:52

    They will probably try and raise a special levy for the trouble they have had. Perhaps they should have put the party money into a disaster fund instead!!

  • clive.toerien - 2012-07-14 21:05

    mag die Here by julle wees deer die nag, die wat huise verloor het en die wat koud en nat is. Bid vir Eskom en hulle werkers ook vir n lang nag in die storm.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-14 21:31

      fully agree I read the comments and no thought is spared for the technicians who are braving the dreadful weather to restore the power. Hats off to you fellows, the people affected really appreciate your efforts! their gripe is with your bosses, not you. :-)

      Raai.wie - 2012-07-14 21:33

      Ek het vir 11 jaar vir eskom gewerk en is dankbaar dat iemand ten minste vir die werkers omgee. Management gee net om vir hulle geld. Dit is harde werk wat die ouens in die veld doen. Top bestuur het die gemors veroorsaak, blameer hulle. Mag die krag gou weer aankom.

      ann.meier1 - 2012-07-14 21:44

      Well done! At last 1 positive thoughtful response! This weather is shocking!!

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-15 02:13

      Ngivumelana nawe ngokuphelele, Clive. Haayi, uyibekile. Washo kwagcwal 'umlomo.

  • Henk - 2012-07-14 21:59

    You delete my comment for telling the truth and you leave lacrimose racist drivel F you!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 22:26

      The weather is always with us. Some years good, some years bad. Even in the 'best run' countries in the world, when it rains, when it snows, the seas rise, the wind blows - power gets cut, people get stranded and people die. All these power supply companies can do better because these things happen all the time. Even Eskom.

  • RoryKlein - 2012-07-14 23:20

    I can think of 36 million ways that these outages could be circumvented … I pre-pay for my electricity, I expect to be able to use it how and when I want. My clients pay me for a service that I have to provide, if I can’t for whatever reason then I am held accountable. This is standard business practice. I don’t get to complain and then turn around to my client and tell them that they need to pay more because I failed to provide the infrastructure for the service that I am providing because I didn’t foresee my customers growth ….

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-14 23:47

      Are you so sure? What about when your ISP suffers an upstream failure? A cable goes out or even a satellite, knocking out your IT infrastructure? Weather and/or other failures elsewhere can affect you. There are no guarantees and even with 36 million ways(!) you can pre-pay all you want. If a connection goes down, even 36 million miles away, if it's *the* cog in the wheel, you are toast. OK maybe a cold slice of bread :)

      RoryKlein - 2012-07-15 10:13

      Yes I am sure that I would have been able to see the growth of my client and built the necessary infrastructure and needed. I would have also looked at what options I could utilise if my infrastructure failed. So yes there is no excuse and it is compounded by the amount time that they have had to implement changes. So in your scenario when my client's loses connectivity to their ISP via cable – ADSL, I have a 3G fail over which kicks in and provides connectivity until the ADSL line is restored. I have a client that can verify this … I don’t see Eskom contingency plans? Oh wait they do! What was it again … PLEASE DON’T USE THE ELECTRICY THAT YOU PRE-PAID FOR BECAUSE WE CANT GUAREENTEE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO SUPPLE THE DEMAND TO OURPAYING CUSTOMERS! There is always an option if you get off your ... and do what you are paid to do. If you want to make excuses then give the business to someone who has the foresight and the experience to do so.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-15 13:30

      Perhaps if Eskom had treated their sector of SAs services with respect and had not raped and pillaged it, more people would now have electricity and more people would have more reliable electricity! So many people have become so very wealthy at the expense of so many who have so very little. This is not what the masses waited so long to vote for. This gross abuse is a disgrace and needs to come to an end.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-15 02:26

    Eskom battling rough weather between very expensive parties

  • Tombela BJ Izek - 2012-07-15 08:41

    Eskom must stop these freaken insane R36m staff parties and fix Eastern Cape electricity, Queenstown electricity was f*cked up from day one.

  • rodney.scholtz - 2012-07-15 10:11

    Roll out to bring sustainable relief imminent

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-07-15 10:18

    @Denise,Eskom supplied ±20% of the SA population with Electricity before `94,now they supply <75% of SA. Get off your high horse please

  • nokubonga.bongiemaxwele - 2012-07-15 11:29

    Severe cold and dark weather this is...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-15 14:07

    Why they battling?!? They spent millions on parties cause their staff was doing such a great job....

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