Eskom - Africa Energy Indaba
Eskom’s challenges took centre stage at the first day of the Africa Energy Indaba as experts from around the world gathered in Johannesburg to seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. This comes after the country was left in darkness last week when embattled power utility Eskom was forced to implement load shedding after six of its generation units went down. Opening the event energy Minister Jeff Radebe noted that a reliable, sustainable, competitive and secure electricity supply sector would be crucial to attract investment into Africa. The minister said that the utility’s deteriorating plant performance, which was driven by old generation infrastructure, confirmed that the country was now in need of more investment in new generation capacity to replace the old power plants.