Eskom CEO André De Ruyter’s load-shedding nightmare

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Eskom has explained why it has had to implement record power cuts under current CEO André de Ruyter.

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)The data confirmed that 2021 was South Africa’s worst year for load-shedding, with 40% more energy shed through rotational power cuts than in 2020.Before 2021, 2020 was the worst year of load-shedding — with 859 hours of load-shedding cutting 1,798GWh from demand.The total amount of electricity shed through load-shedding under De Ruyter between 2020 and 2021 stood at 4,319GWh, more than all of Eskom’s previous CEOs combined.

Except for Dladla, all these former CEOs face allegations of corruption related to the Gupta family’s attempts to capture Eskom. However, this ignores that for seven out of the 24 months that South Africa continued to be free of load-shedding, Koko had been suspended for alleged corruption.Eskom has told MyBroadband that increased maintenance, additional generation coming online, and more funding were the key factors that contributed to the fleet’s improved performance during 2016 and 2017.“Specifically, from April 2015, the planned capacity loss factor (PCLF) was over 12.4%, even reaching 15.

The table below shows how much Eskom spent on maintaining its plants between the 2011 and 2020 financial years. Adequate funding through prudent and efficient cost-reflective electricity tariffs within a reasonable timeframe.

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