ANC dragged into Eskom’s alleged dirty dealings

While Econ Oil and Energy Ltd is at the centre of a row between Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano, the ANC has also being dragged into the saga. DA on Friday called for ex-Eskom bigwig Thandi Marah to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State […]

Scopa’s investigation into racism allegations against Eskom CEO put on hold

Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday unanimously decided to put a hold on its inquiry into allegations of racism against Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) Andre de Ruyter. The committee agreed to allow the power utility to first carry out its internal investigation. The Eskom board announced last week that it had […]

City of CT: Repairs to vandalised sewage pump stations expected to cost R30 million

The City of Cape Town said that theft and vandalism of water and sewage pump stations would cost it millions of rands. Twenty-five sewage pump stations have been vandalized or impacted by theft. The city said that while a full cost analysis would be conducted, it estimated that these operating costs, including repairs and hiring […]

1000s of people in Joburg East without electricity

Thousands of people woke up without electricity in Benoni, Brakpan, Nigel, and Vosloorus this morning. Eskom deliberately cut supply to communities in these parts of Gauteng at 5 am as part of its so-called “load reduction” timetable. The utility said it’s trying to protect its network from overloading. It said affected customers can expect their […]

This is why load shedding is set to continue for the next 5 years

South Africa is once more experiencing periodic power cuts. These typically take the form of scheduled supply interruptions, for two to four hours a day, whenever the country’s electricity system is overloaded. Such overloading currently happens on 40-50 days a year. Eskom, the country’s power utility, recently admitted that such interruptions are likely to persist […]

SA faces total blackout as US company ditches Eskom

Eskom loses urgent court bid to stop the country from plunging into darkness US company pulls plug on power utility. Almost the whole of South Africa is at risk of being plunged into total darkness, “potentially endangering the life, personal safety, or health of the whole or part of the population”, as the country faces […]

Cosatu warns against electricity tariff hikes

Cosatu warns an increase in electricity prices will force people to find other alternatives, some of which could be dangerous. The trade union also says some businesses might not be able to survive this. Eskom is hiking electricity by over 15 percent after the North Gauteng High Court granted the power utility permission to raise […]

Load reduction gives some Gauteng residents gloomy start to long weekend

Eskom has called on thousands of people in Katlehong and Vosloorus to switch off their electric appliances during this morning’s so-called load reduction. The utility said doing so will protect these machines from possible power-surge damage when it restores electricity at 9 am. Eskom deliberately cut power to many communities in these parts of Gauteng […]

Eskom appoints advocate to oversee CEO De Ruyter racism investigation

The Eskom board has announced the appointment of advocate Ishmael Semenya to lead the investigation into allegations of racism against CEO Andre de Ruyter. This is after Eskom last month resolved to appoint an independent inquiry after suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano accused De Ruyter of favouring white-owned companies over black-owned companies. Tshitangano also […]

Thuli Madonsela owes SA apology for Eskom findings while she was PP, says Matshela Koko

Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko said that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela owed the country an apology for reaching conclusions without allowing everyone, including him, the opportunity to have their say. Koko was testifying the state capture commission on Monday. He said that Madonsela and the commission had been caught up between the interests of […]