Rolling black outs are something we've become used to here in SA during the cold winter months. But rolling black outs in March, that's a bit early isn't it. Apparently not. Earlier today, Eskom warned that “seven days of continuous rain have affected [its] power stations in Mpumalanga and is still affecting coal mines”. The result? The production of electricity has come into jeopardy leaving ... ››› more
Throughout my journey in London the one thing I noticed is there's tons of construction happening every day.
Everywhere you look, you'll see massive cranes, construction workers and buildings being revamped.
My first thought was that surely with all this construction, you'd need to have powerful electricity grid.
Back in South Africa, where power outages are basically a common occurrence, ... ››› more
While South Africa may be Africa's second largest economy, it's struggling to stimulate growth. But there are other countries on the continent showing strong economic growth, such as Kenya.
Kenya is Africa's fifth-largest economy. And to ensure its electricity supplies grow with the country's needs, Kenya's sole electricity provider is worth a look at…
Key facts about Kenya
Over the ... ››› more
The Medupi power plant has made the headlines over the past few years as delays and rising costs continue to plague its opening.
And now work at Eskom's power plant is under further strain as interruptions hit the plant's construction for a second day.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Eskom claims workers are blocking other workers from entering Medupi
Earlier today, E... ››› more
Eskom's power problems are getting worse.
On the 1st April 2014, The Duvha power station near Witbank lost 600MW of power generation when one of its boiler casing ruptured.
And the problem is it will take around six months to repair.
That means more load shedding as South Africa's already desperate power grid heads into winter.
But this latest Eskom failure is just another signal abou... ››› more
South Africa's in crisis. This because Eskom has completely failed in the one job it needs to do: The production of electricity! Now, this week's Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town has directed politicians and the governments with one piece of advice: Stop short-term thinking and planning or else. Here's why…
The only way to curb SA’s electricity power generation problem is to think l... ››› more
With all the rain we've had recently I've experienced a lot of power outages.
Traffic lights on the way to work are routinely out.
We even had a storm take out the power in our office for a day.
Worse still, a weak wind was blowing the other day and suddenly a transformer near my house blew! It stayed out for more than a day as new parts were first needed to get the lights back on…
H... ››› more
There is a 30 year-long infrastructure boom going on in Africa.
Billions of dollars are already pouring into dozens of expensive (and lucrative) infrastructure projects from all over the world.
You see, economic growth in Africa is really starting to take off.
And for it to do so, a lot of money needs to go into setting up the infrastructure to support business.
Currently, Africa ... ››› more
Now you might think Eskom's new Medupi and Kusile power plants will put a stop to our blackouts. But I'm afraid the problem is bigger than a simple power shortage.
We're facing a total, systemic failure.
Just last week, Eskom made an emergency announcement stating that we can expect rolling blackouts.
But in fact, in 14 months, the entire power grid will finally collapse!
This situ... ››› more
South Africa's power supply is under huge strain. And with news that there's going to be a delay in getting Eskom's Medupi Power Station on line, it's clear the country's current electricity deficit is only going to get worse. Now Sasol's latest gas powered plant is putting the electricity giant to shame by showing Eskom how to complete a project ahead of schedule…
Eskom made waves on Monday ... ››› more
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