Energy analyst, Chris Yelland, has called on the national government to immediately fast-track the procurement of electricity from private entities to address the crippling power cuts.

He says the commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa almost three years ago, to procure electricity through the emergency IPP programs has, to date, not delivered any real results.

Yelland says this additional electricity should come from both the private and public sectors.

He says South Africa needs to unlock the power of electricity users to become electricity producers to address the current energy shortage.

Yelland says if businesses, municipalities, mining companies, and private residents are allowed to generate their own electricity, the national grid would operate under a lot less pressure.

He says working with private electricity generators would see the country’s electricity challenges alleviated in at least the next two to 3 years.

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says it is hoped that the majority of Eskom employees will be back at work today which would hopefully see power stations going into full operation again.

Gordhan yesterday, during a press briefing, announced that a wage agreement was reached yesterday between unions and Eskom.

The illegal strike saw a large number of Eskom employees stay away from work which lead to a decrease in Eskom’s generation capabilities.

Gordhan says this directly contributed to the inevitable implementation of stage 6 loadshedding.

The Minister says the main aim is now to get Eskom’s generation capabilities back to full operation as soon as possible.

Gordhan says the intimidation that some employees were subjected to lead to high levels of absenteeism at power stations.

He condemned the aggressive intimidation tactics displayed by disgruntled employees.

Gordhan says the repairs and the recovery of Eskom’s power stations are now of greatest priority.

Access Gordhan’s full address here.

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The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto has confirmed that it had to cancel nearly 900 operations this year.

The hospital says in many instances, loadshedding or stolen cables, have prompted it to reschedule or entirely cancel operations.

Member of the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee, professor Mmampapatla Ramokgopa says at times, the hospital has no clean linen due to breakdowns of its laundry machines.

Ramokgopa says the challenges are worsened by a lack of political will to deliver proper medical services to residents.

Watch Ramokgopa’s full interview here.

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Stellenbosch mayor, Gesie van Deventer, says the Stellenbosch Municipality started fighting back in January 2021 to protect residents and businesses from loadshedding.

Van Deventer says the municipality has determined that the town needs 75MW of electricity, during peak times, to completely avoid the implementation of loadshedding.

She says the ultimate goal is to, in the near future, be completely independent of Eskom for electricity.

Van Deventer says the municipality supports the DA’s call for Eskom to be declared a state of disaster.

She agrees that drastic change is needed at the power utility to restore the country’s generation capabilities to full capacity.

The Democratic Alliance this week called on the government to declare a state of disaster at power-utility, Eskom.

The party says ridding the country of loadshedding is a whole of society approach anchored on making energy-generation South Africa’s biggest priority over the next 5 years.

DA spokesperson for Energy, Kevin Mileham says loadshedding has robbed unemployed South Africans of the chance of finding employment.

Mileham says the power interruptions also damage the country’s reputation as an investment destination.

Read the mayor’s complete statement here.

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Power-utility, Eskom, says it made available land in Mpumalanga for the erection of renewable-energy production plants.

CEO Andre de Ruyter says the 4 000 hectares of land will allow private investors to set up generation facilities close to coal-fired power stations.

De Ruyter says the additional capacity, generated by these new, privately-managed plants, would give Eskom the headroom to take some of its aging generation units off the grid.

He says this will allow them to then perform much-needed repairs and maintenance without putting the national grid under additional pressure.

De Ruyter says interest from private businesses has been impressive.

He also says the power utility is working closely with the Department of Energy to fast-track the process of getting more electricity generators connected to the national grid.

De Ruyter says they are also cooperating with the Independent Power Producers office to assist, where they can, with the implementation of Windows 5 and 6 of the IPP programme.

He says to bring loadshedding to an end is of greatest priority.

Watch the full briefing here.

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