Category Archives: Electrical

Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Use power wisely to prevent blackouts

Pretoria – South Africans have been urged to use electricity sparingly to help ease the pressure off the national grid. During an information sharing session on Wednesday, Eskom Group Executive: Sustainability, Dr Steve Lennon, said load shedding is sometimes recommended to prevent a complete blackout. He said it is imperative to maintain a balance in the use of electricity. “If South Africa experienced a complete blackout, it would take us two weeks to restart the system. The consequences would be severe across the entire country…

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Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Illegal power connections under spotlight

Pretoria – Illegal power connections have come under the spotlight as Eskom’s National Electricity Safety Week continues. An electricity connection is considered illegal when any connection is made to the Eskom network without Eskom’s permission. This can range from connecting to a mini-substation to connecting a neighbour through your personal meter or electricity board. “We have identified that the biggest contributors to electrical accidents, injuries and fatalities in South Africa are contact with low-hanging, unsafe connections, vandalism, illegal power connections, and cable theft,” Eskom Corporate…

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Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Consumers will pay a lot more for electricity in 2015

Pretoria – Power utility Eskom has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa) decision to recover R7.8 billion for the under-recoveries for the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD2) period. “Eskom welcomes the decision regarding a balance in its favour,” it said in a statement. This means that consumers will pay more for their electricity as a result of the Regulator’s decision. On Wednesday, Nersa announced that it has approved the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the power utility. The RCA is a regulatory mechanism…

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