Ricochet News

Eskom high on agenda at ANC Lekgotla

JANUARY 26, 2015
Eskom high on agenda at ANC Lekgotla

Beleaguered power utility, Eskom, is believed to be high on the agenda at the African National Congress (ANC) Lekgotla, currently underway outside Pretoria.

Eskom has recently been struggling to meet the growing demand for electricity, which has resulted in load shedding and public outcry.

The power utility maintains that ageing infrastructure and delays in bringing new power stations into operation are some of the key causes of the country’s current power woes. 

Acknowledging that the electricity crisis was a key priority for the ANC, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, however told the SABC that the public and business should not expect overnight solutions.

"There are no problems with distribution, the problem is in generation. We are not going to sleep and wake up with a new power station.

“We must get feedback on how to bring Medupi and Kusile power stations into the stream [and] what is going to be done to avoid the situation of the power stations that are older. We look into other sources of energy, what are we slow on shell gas for example, why are we slow on deep sea exploration?" he said.