Eric Naki
Political Editor
1 minute read
25 Nov 2016
5:51 am

Eskom comes to party this festive season

Eric Naki

The power utility announced it had surplus capacity that will allow it to accommodate more customers.

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Usually during the festive season many people fear the worst: a black Christmas due to power failures. Not to mention the high road death toll that also accompanies this time of year.

But the country’s power utility, Eskom, has promised to make good this season after announcing surplus capacity that will allow it to accommodate more customers in its grid.

Eskom on Thursday said its turnaround continues to stabilise the organisation, while the country’s power system has progressed to reach a position of surplus capacity.

This is good news to the many people who fear that load shedding might return. As a result of power reduction, South Africa and Eskom have faced the possibility of a downgrading by international rating agencies.

However, this latest news is seen as a strong plus for Eskom, which has been under a lot of political pressure recently following the release of the State of Capture report by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

The report implicated the utility in irregular coal supply deals with the Gupta family. Recently, Eskom chief executive officer Brian Molefe resigned, seemingly as a result of him being named in the report.