Eskom’s plan for a lit winter

Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza and Minister Pravin Gordhan [image: BusinessLIVE]

South Africa has been free of load shedding for two weeks now and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan along with Eskom leaders Jabu Mabuza and Phakamani Hadebe have a plan to keep it at bay for at least five more months.

They presented an outline of the current electricity status and suggested solutions to the crisis in a media briefing held on Wednesday.

The plan included ensuring consistent communication with all role players and proper maintenance to prevent further plant breakdowns.

“We will prioritise maintenance this winter. That is critical. We will work with the available capacity to meet demands,” said Eskom systems operator Bernard Mogoro.

Eskom’s short term goal is to avoid power cuts during the cold season. However, if there is a need for load shedding during winter, the utility will strive to ensure it is limited to stage 1 and last lasts no longer than 26 days.

A long term plan to address the nation’s energy needs will still be implemented.

See Gordhan and Mabuza at the briefing: