It is ironic that coal fired power plants contribute to climate change which could result in the malfunctioning of the power plants, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Scattered clouds. Cool.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africans should not blame him for Eskom's woes, pointing out that the power utility is actually part of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's area of responsibility.
The mining group says is its resuming underground shifts at its nine mines.
Gwede Mantashe and Pravin Gordhan have demonstrated they do not understand the degree of frustration faced by South Africans, Cosatu general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has said on the sidelines of the SACP's special national congress.
The national power grid is not currently in danger of collapse, according to three sources with access to discussions at senior levels in Eskom.
The power utility has warned that cuts are likely to continue for the rest of the week.
If it wasn't so sad, it would be rather funny to note that the emissions from these coal power plants are contributing to climate change which causes these extreme weather events which causes the wet coal which results in the coal power stations to grind to a halt, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says the tripartite alliance must take responsibility for recent load shedding.
Zimbabwe’s state-owned Zesa Holdings escalated power cuts to as long as 24 hours after losing regional power imports, while local generation capacity remains critically constrained.
The Presidency has confirmed to News24 President Cyril Ramaphosa will cut his trip to Egypt short, returning home to deal with the ongoing power crisis.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has announced short- and medium-term interventions to meet South Africa’s energy demands and address its electricity and energy challenges, including steps to allow Independent Power Producers to come on stream sooner.
While Eskom has announced the grid remains stable and won't collapse despite multiple systems failures, President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived at Megawatt Park to engage with the power utility's board and management.
'For at least ten years the approach has been to provide electricity at all costs', says the struggling power utility's chief operating officer.
Small businesses in Johannesburg are feeling the pinch from the rolling blackouts that have hit the country as Eskom continues with load shedding.
For many, the festive season is about making memories with family, enjoying meals together and spending quality time with your better half.
The National Union of Mineworkers energy coordinator Paris Mashego says working conditions have become gruelling at Eskom, and employee morale has plummeted alongside energy supply.
South Africans are being hit hard by rolling blackouts across the country in the guise of load shedding by Eskom, further exacerbated by extreme weather conditions.
As South Africans continue to grapple with load shedding - currently at stage 4 - it would appear many small business owners are taking strain because of the latest round of "ridiculous" power outages.
Unpopular decisions will have to be made to fix ailing state-owned enterprises, said Deputy President David Mabuza who also apologised for load shedding during his address at the SACP's special national congress.
The multi-billion rand mega power stations Eskom commissioned in 2007, Medupi and Kusile, should take a large portion of the blame for the power utility's failure to keep the country supplied with electricity.
ANC national executive committee member and former deputy finance minister Mondli Gungubele says the blame for the state of Eskom lies squarely with the governing party.
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