Poor Eskom. The electricity parastatal is once again in the firing line as load shedding affects households and businesses across the country. Defending the organisation on Monday, Eskom leaders suggested it’s not all their fault, government sets the policies. The current policies have us in a situation where load shedding is the new normal. You don’t want to imagine what a crisis looks like.
During President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address in June he said alleviating energy constraints was crucial to creating growth. “Radical transformation of the energy sector” would find the right balance between coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear. Procurement would be fast-tracked, there’d be an injection of capital, skills, and redefined roles for stakeholders working together.
Yet there is no real plan. Speaking to media on Monday, as households and businesses suffered from the worst period of load shedding since 2008, leaders of Eskom continually referred to the issue of energy constraints as bigger than the utility. It relates to policy direction they have no control over, they said.
“What we do is by direction of policy. Where policy is uncertain it is very harmful,” said Eskom Chief Executive Tshediso Matona. The …
Source : Daily Maverick