Underperforming Eskom power plants – when is Eskom rehiring engineers and technicians?
4 August 2022
Please find attached a soundbite by Ghaleb Cachalia MP.
“Barely a week after President Ramaphosa announced his Energy Action Plan to fix the electricity crisis, the country is once again plunged into Stage 4 loadshedding. Eskom’s underperforming power plants threaten to throw Ramaphosa’s action plan off the rails from the onset” says DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia MP.
In announcing the immediate actions needed to restore system stability and increase generation capacity from Eskom’s installed generation fleet, Ramaphosa indicated that experienced former Eskom engineers and power station managers will be rehired to improve Eskom’s operational performance.
There is no indication from the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, the Presidency or the recently established National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) on when the engineering and technical expertise hiring programme will commence. The lack of urgency in capacitating power plants is astounding, precisely because the national electricity crisis appears to be getting worse with each passing day.