The lie of Eskom continues, and the 1,100 MW bought from Mozambique and now being unavailable is only the tip of the iceberg of tragedies.
Maintenance at the Eskom power stations has been taboo for years – it was always white people’s way of wasting money and labor, and the ANC regime, with its strange culture of so-called democracy’s true mess, is now breaking through to taxpayers.
The reality is that the three power stations, Drakensberg, Ingula and Palmiet, perform so poorly that they use more power on electricity than is produced.
The three power stations do not really make a contribution to the power grid, while they are supposed to deliver 2,700 MW together.
Consumers can prepare for many more days of load shedding, and the further deterioration of the economy, as each day’s load shedding increases the debt burden by R2 billion.
Meanwhile, billions of Rand have to be obtained to restore the two new power stations, and it is likely to take many months to get rid of the massive mess of poor construction.
Experts say the country would not have had a shortage of electricity if power plants were properly serviced, and thorough maintenance had been done.
It is already a well-known fact that the two new power stations, which were erected under dubious conditions, and cost billions more than initially budgeted, will continue to supply their limited amount of power for a long time at lower production levels.
Meanwhile, Eskom leans heavily, heavily on its gas and diesel units, to deliver power, but this too cannot continue indefinitely without proper maintenance work
The original article can be read in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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