Submission to the ANC SG Cd Fikile Mbalula Following the ANC Energy Crisis Dialogue Session Hosted at the University of Johannesburg
Following the ANC Energy Crisis Dialogue session held at the University of Johannesburg, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has made submissions in form of critical areas that constitute the country's energy crisis. The submissions entail and outline short term, medium term and long term interventions that should be considered for resolving the energy crisis. Click Here to read the complete report.
In this opinion article, SANEDI CEO Dr Zwanani Titus Mathe interrogates measures and interventions that could be pursued to improve the energy availability factor of the Eskom coal fleet so as to address intensifying loadshedding. Click Here to read the full article.
In his article published in the Mail and Guardian , SA National Energy Development Institute CEO Dr Zwanani Mathe addresses the focuses on the technical aspects of electricity supply recovery. The challenges and proposed solutions for the financial aspects of electricity supply recovery and the other forms of energy (such as liquid and gas fuels) will be discussed in separate follow-up opinion pieces.
In the interview with Newsroom Afrika, (YouTube Video below) Mathe unpacks his anlysis of the problem and outlines key measures and intereventions that he argues should be pursued.
for the complete article published in the Mail & Guardian.
The NSBE welcomes the resignation of the Eskom Group CEO, Mr. André de Ruyter on 14 December 2022. The cost of load shedding to the South African economy was a minimum R1.1 trillion between 2018 – 2022 YTD. The Eskom performance in 2022 was the worst ever in the history of the utility, costing the economy R560 billion this year alone. Mr. de Ruyter was out of his depth and did not have the credentials to lead Eskom out of load shedding. Click Here to Read the Full Statement.
The NSBE welcomes the announcement of the new Eskom SOC Ltd Board Members by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, on 30 September 2022. We are pleased to see the caliber of professionals appointed, with 5 highly qualified and experienced engineers to bolster the technical expertise at board level. One of the engineers – Mr. Lwazi Goqwana - was part of the Eskom Technical Review Team that was appointed to conduct an intensive review of the operations, maintenance and the technical environment at Eskom Power Stations. Click Here to Read the Full Statement.
What’s the response to the allegation that past ESKOM leaders ran power plants too hard and neglected maintenance of the coal fleet? This report explores the allegation that the current under-performance of the existing coal fleet was or is caused by over running the power plants without correct maintenance interventions in the period 2016 – 2018 when the load shedding was brought under control. The report captures the response to the allegation and rebuttal. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE
The NSBE Leadership team represented by the NSBE President Mdu Mlaba and the Deputy President Mr. Lwazi Goqwana met with the Eskom’s Chief Operations Officer Mr. Jan Oberholzer and Head of Engineering Mr. Thomas Conradie on 06 July 2022. The meeting followed a request from Mr. Oberholzer to meet to explore possible technical assistance from NSBE to end the load shedding crisis which has plunged the country to unprecedented stage 6 load shedding. READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE
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