'Electricity network will take 18 months to become stable’

Minister Lynne Brown says Medupi’s synchronisation to the national grid is a step in the right direction.

FILE: Medupi Power Station. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says it'll take at least 18 months before South Africa's electricity network is more stable.

On Monday, the Medupi Power Station started producing some electricity.

Medupi's Unit 6 synchronised with the national power grid as it prepares for June, when the parastatal aims to bring the entire unit online.

While 80 megawatts were added to the grid on Monday, South Africans have been warned this won't resolve the current electricity problem.

By 2020, all units of the Medupi Power Station will deliver more than 4,000 megawatts.

Medupi synchronisation to the national grid is being called a milestone and while South Africans won't feel the impact now, Brown says it's a step in the right direction.

"I'm quite pleased actually that we can see some kind of progress. It doesn't matter how much talk we have, if we're not bringing on new energy it doesn't matter."

Brown says Eskom now needs to move quickly from diesel to gas in order to power generators.

She says while good progress has been made, it doesn't mean load shedding will stop.

LISTEN: Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown speaks to EWN.