Eskom unable to meet S.Africa's power needs from 2011

South Africa needed to focus on energy efficiency because Eskom would not be able to meet demand for electricity from 2011, the state-owned company said in a presentation yesterday.  “We do not have enough capacity to meet requirements,” said Brian Dames, Eskom’s chief operating officer for generation.  “The country has to focus on how do […]

S.Africa: Gordhan bemoans response to Eskom

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday he was “disappointed” by the response of developed countries to Eskom’s plan to seek about 4bn in loans from the World Bank to build power plants. “It’s the first loan SA is asking the World Bank for, and suddenly there’s all sorts of doubts,” Gordhan said in an interview […]

Eskom tariff ruling wait is almost over

A barrage of important economic data this week may be eclipsed on Wednesday by the long- awaited decision on Eskom’s electricity price hikes over the coming three years. The power utility has scaled back its initial request to the National Energy Regulator of SA for a 45% increase, to 35%, but even that would take […]


The South African branch of the WWF has raised questions about the integrity of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa) public hearings into Eskom’s proposed electricity price hikes. Richard Worthington, Manager of WWF’s Climate Change programme, said the nation-wide Nersa hearings, currently in their second week, were designed to allow the public to […]