ANC government should put new measures in place to improve delivery of power

Adv Anton Alberts

The current crisis in the provision of electricity by Eskom and the introduction of load-shedding on an urgent basis is once again proof of the destructive effect of cadre deployment and the government’s interference in public enterprises. It appears from the critical shortage of electricity that Eskom did not put measures in place to prevent a power crisis. This, after South Africa has suffered six years ago due to a power-shortage and load-shedding,” Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on the Economy says.

“The Medupi power plant should have come on line last year already. Despite the minister of Public Enterprises’ promises that Medupi would deliver power on schedule, South Africa today finds itself with load-shedding again. The irony is that the ANC itself has gained financially from the construction of Medupi. While ordinary South Africans and South African businesses have suffered due to load-shedding, the ANC is enriching itself from the crisis.

The FF Plus proposes that the government take decisive steps to address the power crisis in the country. The steps which the government could take include the following: 

  • Break Eskom’s monopoly on the distribution of power by establishing the independent power regulator as quickly as possible. Such a step will lead to oversight over Eskom, which will force Eskom to improve its service delivery;

  • Awarding more licences to independent generators of power, especially in the sustainable green energy sector, will alleviate the pressure on Eskom and ensure more competition in the sectors. To ensure a greater number of new-comers to the sector, the government could institute incentives for the independent power generators to deliver new green energy cost effectively to consumers;

  • Promote research to make clean coal generated power possible through which the capability to deliver power is protected, until cleaner alternative energy development has become adequate to become the chief method to provide energy;

  • Launch an investigation into the maladministration of Eskom with regards to coal purchases and especially BEE-purchases where higher prices were paid, poor quality of coal purchased and put measures in place to prevent further maladministration;

  • Set reasonable maximum prices for coal which is to be delivered to Eskom on a five year contract basis. Providers receive a five year contract to deliver coal at lower prices to Eskom, but they are guaranteed to have a contract of five years for the purchase of their products.

    “The government should realise that just because they have not received any reports about financial losses today due to load-shedding, does not mean that the losses did not occur. When businesses and industries do not receive electricity, production stands still and the economy suffers for it. The government should rather put new measures in place to force Eskom to render a better service, than to merely raise its shoulders with its attitude that load-shedding does not cause so much harm to the country’s economy,” Adv. Alberts said.



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