Eskom commended for powering domestic growth

APRIL 28, 2016

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has commended Eskom for powering the country's economic growth. 

The Minister said over the past year, the country has been faced with serious electricity supply constraints, which forced the power utility to implement load shedding.

She said despite analysts and “prophets of doom” predicting that the challenges would lead to a complete blackout, Eskom continued to shine amid dark times and implemented a sound maintenance programme, keeping the lights on for several months.

“I commend the team at Eskom for doing a sterling job of stabilizing the company.

“For the longest of time South Africans have had their lights on and load shedding has become a distant memory,” she said.

The Minister said Eskom has been able to reduce the diesel usage from R800 million to R40 million since October 2015. She said the power utility has been able to build up sufficient capacity to be able to support the region at times.

She said the new build programme has improved the generation capacity and created space for Eskom to do the maintenance of the existing plants.

“In addition to Medupi Unit six that is already providing power to the grid, Eskom has now delivered Ingula units four and three.

“In the next year, Eskom will deliver the remainder of Ingula.

“Over the next five years Eskom will spend R340 billion in Capex, ensuring completion of the build and transmission strengthening.

“With all its challenges, Eskom still connected 190 000 households to the grid in the last year,” she said.

– SAnews.gov.za