Maimane: Eskom must declare national energy crisis – Mail & Guardian Online

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The DA’s parliamentary leader also said that government should follow a “World Cup approach” to completing the Medupi and Kusile power stations. The DA has demanded that President Jacob Zuma sign the Ismo Bill into law, which will open the electricity grid to independent power producers. (Delwyn Verasamy. M&G) Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane was speaking outside the offices of the public enterprises ministry in Pretoria where he handed over a list of demands addressed to minister Lynne Brown. “The president, the public enterprises minister and Eskom must come clean and acknowledge that load shedding is indicative of a national…

Eskom warns of tight power supply – iAfrica.com

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:54 AM Mark Wessels, Business Day As maintenance work at Eskom plants is reduced to ensure electricity supply, South Africa’s power system will remain tight this winter, the company’s acting CEO Collin Matjila said. “The country still remains vulnerable,” Matjila told media at Eskom’s Quarterly State of the System briefing, as the country heads into winter. Matjila said this winter, the entity anticipates that the load will increase to 36 gigawatts (GW), with maintenance expected to continue but at a lesser pace so as to ensure security of supply this winter. Last year, the peak was at 35.4 GW in June. In the last three years, Eskom had increased maintenance work…