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Mpumalanga Community Supports Competition Against Eskom Cautions Against High Tariffs

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Mpumalanga Community Supports Competition Against Eskom Cautions Against High Tariffs

The National Assembly’s portfolio committee on minerals and energy reports that communities in Mpumalanga have expressed their support for the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill. This bill aims to introduce competition in electricity generation, particularly in response to years of power cuts experienced in South Africa. Here are the key points from the committee’s findings:

Mpumalanga Community Supports Competition Against Eskom Cautions Against High Tariffs

Community Support in Nkangala, Mpumalanga

The community of Nkangala in Mpumalanga has shown strong support for the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill, seeing it as a means to ensure a stable power supply in the country.

Public Hearings in Various Locations

Public hearings regarding the bill have been held in different parts of the province, including Nkangala.

Concerns About Tariffs and Competition

The community has raised concerns about potential price inflation by companies entering the electricity generation market to compete with Eskom.

They emphasize the need for parliamentary oversight over the tariffs these new companies would charge to prevent collusion and to safeguard against any adverse impacts on jobs at Eskom.

Differing Opinions on Competition

Some attendees at the public hearings believe that competition may not be necessary. They argue that proper maintenance and servicing of power stations could be sufficient to address the power supply challenges.

Impact of Load Shedding on the Economy

Public hearings in Gert Sibande revealed a strong desire for competition in electricity generation to ensure a stable power supply and reduce the economic losses caused by load shedding.

The economy has suffered significant financial losses due to the intensity of power cuts, with Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramakgopa stating that Stage 6 load shedding alone costs the economy R1 billion a day.

Need for Stable Electricity Supply

The community in Gert Sibande emphasized the critical need for a stable supply of electricity to support economic activities and prevent business shutdowns.

Potential Benefits of Competitive Electricity Trading

Supporters of the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill see the introduction of competitive electricity trading, where Eskom competes with private companies, as a positive step to address electricity shortages and reduce the economic losses attributed to unreliable power supply.

These findings illustrate the diverse opinions and concerns within South African communities regarding the proposed amendments to electricity regulation. While some communities advocate for competition as a solution to power challenges, others emphasize the importance of proper maintenance to ensure a stable electricity supply.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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