Editorial
2 minute read
12 Jun 2021
7:15 am

Some light in the dark Eskom tunnel

Editorial

Ramaphosa increased the generation threshold for companies to produce electricity without a licence.

Soweto residents protest outside Eskom's Megawatt Park Head office at Sunninghill in Johannesburg, 9 June 2021, in demand of power that was switched off for the past three months be restored. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s surprise announcement this week to open up power generation to private operators is encouraging, but we shouldn’t be running through the house flicking up all the light switches yet. The president increased the generation threshold for companies to produce electricity without a licence from one megawatt (MW) to 100MW in a bid to ease the burden on the wounded Eskom as the country battles yet another wave of load shedding. Private generators will be allowed to do so without requiring a licence from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, but will still have to apply for...