Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
3 minute read
26 Oct 2021
5:45 am

Too late for Eskom to try and fix old power stations, says expert

Reitumetse Makwea

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan promised in 2019 he would keep the lights on, but it seems things have gone from bad to worse.

A general view of Medupi Power Station completed on 5 August 2021 in Lephalale, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Rapport/Deon Raath

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan promised in 2019, he would keep the lights on, but it seems things have gone from bad to worse, as South Africa waits for him to fulfil his promise. Experts say it’s time to get replacement fleets. Renewable energy consultant Clyde Mallinson called for action from Eskom and said it’s too late for the power utility to try and fix the old power stations, as something needs to be done quickly. “The briefing today confirmed all of my fears. I’ve been saying for a very long time that, irrespective of undertaking deep maintenance, if you...