Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises.

Eskom hosted members of the media at its national control facility and launched its weekly system status report. The report, which will be hosted on Eskom’s website, gives a weekly view of energy sent out, peak demand, performance of generating units in terms of the energy availability factor (EAF) and an outlook of three months ahead.

The Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan addressed the session welcoming the positive step taken by Eskom to share information that is required by stakeholders in order to make the necessary plans in their businesses and everyday life. “I’m glad to be in this world-class facility where Eskom monitors supply and demand for the households and businesses in this country.

Transparency is a crucial part of accountability and accountability is a crucial part in a democracy. The launch of this system status report is important as the public needs to know what Eskom is doing, how it operates and if there are faultlines, how do they occur and what is done to make things right. I can therefore say it with a level of confidence that we believe Eskom when it says there will be no load shedding this winter unless there is a catastrophe. That’s the kind of assurance that the public wants from us.”

The Minister further congratulated the Board on the strides made in following the words of the President at the state of the nation address when he was still Deputy President where he spoke about “recapturing state institutions in order to serve the public interest”.

“We are pleased that good governance is beginning to embed itself in the organisation and soon Eskom will get enough credibility in the market place to enable it once again to borrow to keep the operations of this organisation going. They will soon look at the operating model in order to make sure that what is called the Eskom Group today is what is required 15 years from now,” added Gordhan.

Eskom also publishes the medium-term system adequacy outlook (MTSAO) report, which is a requirement of the South African Grid Code – System Operation Code annually. The latest study that was published in October 2017 showed that the system has enough generation capacity to meet expected electricity demand over the next five years (2017 – 2022).

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