Government has once again shown its inability to properly act on its energy priorities.
It follows the decision to transfer Eskom from the oversight of the Public Enterprises Department to that of Mineral Resources and Energy.
The Democratic Alliance says that it will oppose this decision.
But energy expert, Tshepo Kgadima says that this transfer should be put on the back burner.
He suggests that Eskom should first shed programs that are draining its finances.
This includes terminating coal take-or-pay contracts.
This structure means that the company will either take the product from the supplier or pay a penalty if it doesn’t.
But Kgadima says that Eskom is paying for coal that it does not use.
His comments come as Stage 6 load shedding is in place until further notice.
Eskom says that this is due to severe capacity constraints.
Spokesperson, Sikhonathi Mantshantsha says that 11 generators, amounting to 5 084 MW of capacity suffered breakdowns yesterday, further reducing available electricity to South Africans.
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