Eskom

Brian Dames, chief executive of Eskom (pictured), has stepped down after three years at the helm of Africa’s leading power utility and a total of 26 years with the company. Local media quoted chairman Zola Tsotsi saying Dames was going for for ‘personal reasons’.

Dames – who says he uses a gas stove at home and does not own an electric kettle – has had a turbulent time in the hot seat. His departure comes four months after that of Paul O’Flaherty, Eskom’s finance director, shines a light once again on the troubles besetting the power giant. Read more

What can Eskom do about it’s funding problems? The South African power utility is looking to spend a whopping $50bn revamping old plants and building new generators including Kusile and Medupi, set to be the world’s third- and fourth-largest coal-fired stations. But the company’s hopes of 16 per cent price increases over the next few years were dashed by the national regulator, which allowed it only 8 per cent.

So Eskom is looking at ‘equity-like debt’ instead. Will that work? Read more

The South African winter is sending chills down the spine of its power utility Eskom, which seems bereft of an immediate solution to maintaining sufficient supplies of power to both businesses and consumers as consumption shoots up.

Eskom relies on coal fired power stations to produce approximately 90 per cent of its electricity. But with the threat of rolling blackouts, could gas be the answer? Read more

It’s been a tricky few days for South Africa’s electricity public utility Eskom. Strikes, controversy over political breakfasts, allegations of spying on unions and others, anger over price hikes: it’s a lot to contend with.

At Eskom’s Medupi site in Limpopo, strike action has halted construction of the R91bn ($10bn) coal-fired power plant. It was hoped work could resume on Thursday (Jan 24), but talks have yet to produce an agreement. Read more

Somebody has to get squeezed. In South Africa, the price of electricity is set to rise, as power generation costs go up. The question is by how much.

Eskom, the state-owned power company, says it needs put prices up by 16 per cent to avoid shortages. But the company chief executive, Brian Dames, has said they could climb even higher unless costs can be kept under control. And the spotlight is firmly on coal – and the mining companies that supply Eskom. Read more