Eskom's load shedding a diversion, claims former exec Matshela Koko
He's tweeted that load shedding is a diversion, saying there's no need for it and something is horribly wrong to justify intentional outages when there is adequate generating capacity.
South Africans have been plunged into darkness for several hours at a time since the beginning of the month due to issues including coal and breakdowns at power stations.
Koko doesn't work at Eskom anymore.
He left under a cloud of suspicion as he was accused of lying and being part of corrupt dealings.
However, he still has a lot to say when it comes to how the utility is operating.
Now he's tweeted that load shedding is a diversion, saying there's no need for it and something is horribly wrong to justify intentional outages when there is adequate generating capacity.
I think #Loadshedding is a diversion.— Engineer Matshela Koko (@koko_matshela) December 10, 2018
There is no need for it. Something is horribly wrong at #Eskom today to justify loadshedding. At 23% reserve margin, there is plenty of generating capacity.
The real problem for Eskom is the IPPs. Don't be fooled!!!https://t.co/hbM27P7ijE
#JabuMabuza says #Eskom is entitled to a cost reflective tarrif irrespective of what their costs are. The IPP Costs are running away. Eskom has been awarded 4.5% incr pa for the next 3 yrs. On top of that it wants another 15% incr.Eskom wants a minimum of 19.5 % incr pa. Nonsense https://t.co/ArYX6r5GNM— Engineer Matshela Koko (@koko_matshela) December 10, 2018
In other tweets, he goes on to say that back in 2014, when the country also experienced load shedding Eskom didn't have power from the Ingula, Medupi or Kusile power stations, yet today, with an additional 600 megawatts from these stations and demand down by 2%, South Africans have been hit by stage 2 load shedding in summer, on a Sunday.
Meanwhile, there's been no load shedding for the past two days but there's a high risk of stage 1 load shedding for today.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)