Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan along with Eskom board chairman, Jabu Mabuza and a few others has recently briefed the media with regards to the current status of the country’s electricity supply as well as what the plan is going forward.
In the briefing, some very interesting admissions were made with Gordhan starting out the briefing with an apology for the current state of events at Eskom, and the recent prolonged load-shedding episode. He mentioned in this briefing that there currently, there is a technical review team doing work on investigating the various power plants. He sheds some more light on this, saying that the work is not complete but at least Eskom now has a greater understanding of the challenges they face.
The very interesting bit of his statement was when he made mention of the fact that if load-shedding is absolutely necessary this winter, it would only be implemented at stage 1, at least until the end of August.
Eskom has previously blamed ageing power plants and insufficient maintenance, among other things, for the spate of load shedding.