FRIDAY BRIEFING | Kaput: Things fall apart (at Eskom)

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
friday briefing

Kaput: Things fall apart (at Eskom)

One thing we can say about 2022 is that it has been a dark year - literally. 

We've had stage 6 load shedding in June, July and again in September.

And if you were hoping President Cyril Ramaphosa's return from the UK after attending Queen Elizabeth's funeral would see things improve - think again. 

Professor Mark Swilling, in an interview with eNCA this week, said we should expect two more years of load shedding.

He added the situation was unpredictable and unreliable because old and poorly maintained power stations continually broke down.

If the situation is going to change, then new generation needs to be added to the grid. 

To receive Friday Briefing or the weekly Cartoon by Carlos in your inbox, sign up for the newsletter here.

It's not like the government wasn't aware. As far back as 1998, the warning lights were on. Plans were put in place, but for a variety of reasons, those plans were not implemented. 

In this week's Friday Briefing, News24's investigative journalist, Kyle Cowan, lays the blame at the ANC's door for our current crisis, writing we are now dealing with the consequences of treating technical, expensive and purpose-built infrastructure without the proper care. 

Energy analyst Hilton Trollip analyses the troubled history of our country's electricity crisis and how it has impacted the chances of getting enough functioning generation capacity onto the South African grid, thereby affecting our economy.

Finally, brand reputation expert Solly Moeng takes a look at how the crisis is impacting on the country's image worldwide. 

Hope you have enough candles to give you some light this weekend. 

Best, 

Vanessa Banton 

Opinions editor


Broken by ignorance, greed and arrogance, Eskom is the ANC's greatest failure

The people of South Africa have been robbed of economic opportunities and jobs by the basic failures of the ANC to understand Eskom, and it's an even bigger failure to realise that its policies and the loyal, deployed cadres inflicted irreparable damage on the utility, writes Kyle Cowan.

Eskom crisis: A perfect storm which has been a long time in the making

Confused government policy, lack of and severely delayed policy implementation, privatisation, the coal baseload vs renewable energy conflict, and corruption continue to bedevil chances of getting enough functioning generation capacity onto the South African grid, writes Hilton Trollip.

Mr President, South Africans are gatvol of living in the dark

It has been almost 10 years since President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his previous capacity, was tasked with overseeing Eskom's turnaround. Nearly a decade later, South Africa's people are gatvol and Eskom risks delivering the coup de grace to what remains of the country's fast diminishing global image, says Solly Moeng. 

cartoon by Carlos

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 724 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
83% - 8530 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
10% - 1016 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.74
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
20.17
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.59
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.58
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.1%
Gold
1,723.79
+0.4%
Silver
20.83
+0.9%
Palladium
2,279.50
+0.9%
Platinum
929.00
+0.7%
Brent Crude
93.37
+1.7%
Top 40
59,202
0.0%
All Share
65,613
0.0%
Resource 10
63,687
0.0%
Industrial 25
79,239
0.0%
Financial 15
13,961
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE