Cape Town – Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has announced the deployment of technical experts to power stations across the country to support the existing workforce from Monday.
The experts, supported by the Resource Mobilisation Fund (RMF), will focus on power stations such as Matla, Kriel, Majuba, and Kendal where the Energy Availability Factor (EAF) is low.
The RMF, which has raised R100 million, will provide technical support to the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) and employ industry experts and former Eskom employees, the minister said.
He also mentioned plans to address demand management and enhance generation through projects such as hydrogen and renewable energy.
“Remember, we did say that there’s huge potential that can be derived on the demand side essentially, clawing back the megawatts on the demand side without necessarily interrupting households’ ability to get their daily requirements. But how smart we engage about how we engage with energy solutions,” Ramokgopa said.
He said he was happy to indicate that Eskom has agreed to waive the requirement for security deposits to enable the wheeling of electricity to municipalities in good standing.
“So we think that this will significantly improve a generation because this was one major stumbling block.”
Compiled by Betha Madhomu