Keep Calm - No Load Shedding

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says the utility is on track with its projected maintenance and it will continue working to generate more capacity on the grid.

Molefe and the Eskom board delivered a network update yesterday in which he announced that the parastatal doesn’t expect to implement load shedding for the rest of summer and into winter.

He says the stability of the grid has resulted in a decrease in unplanned maintenance, which has also led to Eskom using less diesel.

Molefe says the utility will remain focused on bringing new units online.

“We expect Unit 3 of Angola to be in commercial operation by January 2017, 333 megawatts by March 2017, Unit 4 of Angola, 333 megawatts, by May 2017.”

Energy expert Chris Yelland says Eskom has managed to stabilise the power grid thanks to the struggling economy, but energy users must not be complacent and waste electricity.

“Eskom should very be happy that they’re now in a position to do the kind of maintenance they should have been doing. We should not take too much comfort from this in a sense that we’re in a very weak local economy.”

LEGAL ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS

Following the allocation of homes to residents in the City Of Tshwane, Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the challenge is now to ensure legal electrical connections.

Yesterday Makhura was in the townships of Hammanskraal and Winterveld where he handed over the houses.

The premier says despite more people having decent roofs over their heads, they’re still accessing electricity through illegal connections.

He says the next step for government is to ensure that these are done away with and those without any connection are serviced.

Makhura says Eskom has already come on board to facilitate the electrification of homes.

“Even those who now have houses, they are illegally connected because there’s not been a proper electrification programme and Eskom is going to rectify that. It’s made a commitment to work with our officials.”

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