Monday, January 29, 2007

'Eskom needs a change of mindset' - ID

By Nadia Samie
29 January 2007


South Africa’s power supplier, Eskom, has come under fire from opposition parties yet again, this time because of the wide variety of “contradictory comments” the parastatal has made as to the reasons behind the country’s power failures. The latest word from Eskom over the weekend was that the outages stem from consumers' increased summer demand for air conditioners.

Independent Democrats spokesperson on energy and environmental affairs, Lance Greyling, says Eskom’s "contradictory statements" over the past year as to the cause of the rolling blackouts shows a failure on two fronts.

“Firstly, Eskom has failed when it comes to any kind of planning, and secondly, it has failed to adopt any creative thinking whatsoever.

“From loose bolts to economic growth and now air conditioners, we have heard every excuse in the book from Eskom. As one of the biggest power utilities in the world, the parastatal is losing the opportunity to explore alternative technologies,” he said.

Greyling added that South Africa is a big contributor to the problem of global warming, and that creative thinking and pioneering work was needed from Eskom.

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