Inside the Reality of South Africa’s Load Shedding Stages

While South Africa’s Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has been swift in crediting Eskom’s improved performance for the lower load shedding stages, a recent data analysis reveals a contrasting scenario at the struggling power utility. Unraveling the Facts Insights drawn from independent energy analyst Pieter Jordaan’s scrutiny of Eskom’s Data Portal depict the primary factors […]

Copper Crime Syndicate Plagues Mangaung, Impedes Service Delivery

The Persistent Challenge of Copper Theft In the heart of Mangaung Metro Municipality, an organized crime syndicate is thriving, focusing on copper and electrical fittings. This nefarious network is causing significant financial strain and infrastructural damage to Centlec, the municipality’s power distributor. This ongoing criminal activity has put Centlec’s ability to provide service in jeopardy, […]

Eskom’s Outspoken COO, Jan Oberholzer, Bids Farewell

Oberholzer’s Departure Jan Oberholzer, the forthright former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Eskom, is leaving the beleaguered power utility company by “mutual agreement”. This Monday’s announcement (17 July) informed that Oberholzer’s official departure date is scheduled for 31 July. Although he formally retired from the company at the end of April 2023, Oberholzer didn’t completely […]

Eskom Adjusts Load-Shedding Schedule, Ensuring Short-term Relief

Eskom’s Power Management Update Eskom has brought some good news to the citizens, announcing the temporary suspension of rotational power cuts at 01:35 on Sunday, 16 July 2023. The respite, courtesy of adequately replenished pumped storage dam levels, will last until 08:00. “Load-shedding was suspended at 01:35 this morning,” Eskom reported. Revised Load-Shedding Timetable Despite […]

Premier Signals Impending Termination of Load Shedding in KwaZulu-Natal

Reshaping KwaZulu-Natal’s Energy Landscape KwaZulu-Natal’s Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, projects that the province may soon outrun others in escaping the clutches of load shedding, once bureaucratic barriers are tackled. Post her recent cabinet consultation with Electricity Minister Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa in Durban, Dube-Ncube expressed optimism. The premier shared that the productive exchange concluded with the minister’s […]

Rampant Power Failures Engulf Johannesburg Amid Load Shedding Spike

In the midst of a heightened load shedding crisis, Johannesburg finds itself grappling with a significant increase in power failures. City Power, the city’s utility provider, has struggled to manage the sudden surge in outages across multiple districts, notably including Randburg, Alexandra, and Hursthill. Riding the Dark Wave: The Troubles of Randburg Randburg’s residents have […]