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South Africa Initial Coal-To-Renewable Power Plant Conversion Missteps



South Africa’s Initial Coal-To-Renewable Power Plant Conversion Missteps

South Africa’s transition away from coal, driven by climate policy initiatives, has faced criticism due to the mishandling of the closure of the Komati coal-fired power plant. The closure, lacking proper consultation with workers and a job transition plan, has caused tensions within coal-dependent communities and been criticized by government ministers.

South Africa Initial Coal-To-Renewable Power Plant Conversion Missteps

Despite support from wealthy nations for South Africa’s move towards renewable energy, some key government officials have opposed the shift, even as coal plant breakdowns lead to severe power shortages.

Consultation Shortcomings:

The Presidential Climate Commission’s study highlights the inadequate consultation process regarding the Komati plant’s closure. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the state-owned power utility, initiated discussions with workers and the government only after starting construction on an alternative job project.

This approach was deemed too late, and the commission stressed the importance of informing communities and workers well in advance of plant closures.

Komati Closure Timeline:

Eskom began planning to close the Komati plant in 2017. By that time, only one of its nine units was operational, generating a fraction of its original capacity.

Despite plans to construct a renewable energy training facility and securing funding from the World Bank for renewable energy and battery projects, government ministers’ misleading comments created confusion and false hopes of reopening the facility.

The commission clarified that the closure was inevitable due to the plant’s age and condition.

Community Discontent:

Workers and community members expressed dissatisfaction with the engagement process surrounding the plant’s decommissioning, repurposing, and repowering. They felt that they were consulted too late and that the closure was a predetermined decision.

The commission noted that Eskom acknowledged these concerns, and it urged for improved communication, attention to broader community impacts, and early initiation of replacement job projects for future plant closures.


The mismanagement of the Komati coal plant closure in South Africa highlights the need for more effective planning, consultation, and job transition strategies as the country shifts away from coal towards renewable energy sources.

It also underscores the challenges posed by opposition to renewable energy within some segments of the government.

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



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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