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June 2018

Business Tech: Eskom warns over long term load shedding

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Power utility Eskom has warned that load shedding could be a reality for the next five years, the City Press reported.

Eskom, which generates almost all of the nation’s electricity, has been locked in a dispute with workers after wage talks broke down last week over the state-owned utility’s insistence that it can’t afford pay increases.

The company began cutting power to some areas night for the first time since 2015, as demonstrators blockaded roads and attacked staff.

The protests by employees came at a tough time for Eskom and the South African economy more broadly.

While demand for electricity increases over the Southern Hemisphere winter, Eskom has also battled coal shortages, allegations of corruption and mismanagement, and struggled to raise the funding it needed earlier this year.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told the City Press that the company operated half of its emergency diesel-powered peaking power plants during the strike, burning diesel worth R102 million.


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EWN: Unions reject Eskom’s 4.7% increase offer

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JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says labour unions have rejected Eskom’s wage offer of 4.7% with negotiations expected to resume on Thursday.

It’s been reported that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Numsa and Solidarity have put a counter-offer on the table but have not disclosed the figure at this stage.

The power utility initially said no one at Eskom would receive a salary hike this year citing financial difficulties.

The decision prompted industrial action last week.

At the same time, Eskom has warned that there’s a high risk of load shedding on Wednesday evening.

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Latest on Nersa rooftop solar rules

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A recent article published by Tech Central states that the National Energy Regulator (NERSA), will in the near future withdraw proposed rules that would have required residential owners of rooftop solar panels to register their installations with NERSA.

The proposed SSEG rules were published for public comment by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) on its website on 26 April.

On Monday (21 May), NERSA’s executive manager for electricity regulation, Mbulelo Ncetezo, told a news channel, SABC2, that the draft rules have been withdrawn until the Department of Energy gazettes a revised notice on this.

The article, which was originally published by Moneyweb, further states that the regulator indicated that it would review the proposed rules, but did not disclose any further details regarding the amendments.

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