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The Tutuka power station

More Stage 6 loadshedding as breakdowns approach 19 000 MW

3rd May 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 on Tuesday until 05:00 on Thursday, Eskom said in a statement.  After that, stages will vary between 4 and 6 until late on Friday.  

Eskom's Tutuka power station

Stage 6 loadshedding to continue indefinitely as more units break down

13th April 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will remain in force until further notice, Eskom said late on Thursday. "The extension of loadshedding is caused by further breakdowns of generation units and continued... 

Loadshedding affecting traffic lights

Loadshedding bumped to Stage 6 until further notice

12th April 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will be rolled out from 16:00, Eskom said on Wednesday afternoon. This follows after an update in the morning which stated that loadshedding would be escalated to Stage 5 due... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Controversial Eskom exemption withdrawn 'for now'

5th April 2023

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told MPs on Wednesday that he has decided to withdraw the exemption of Eskom from the Public Finance Management Act "for now" to have further consultation with the... 

Ammonia leak contained at Sasolburg

10th March 2023

An ammonia leak at Sasol's operations in the early hours of Friday morning has been contained, the synthetic fuel and chemicals giant has said. According to a Sasol spokesperson, a "strong ammonia... 

Parliament guns for Mosebenzi Zwane over his corrupt Gupta dealings after five-year probe

10th March 2023

Six years ago, former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane was a high-flyer in erstwhile president Jacob Zuma's inner circle and a chief lieutenant of the infamous Gupta family. These days,... 

Rough diamonds

Alexkor audit delayed as high staff turnover leaves finance dept unstable, AG tells Parliament

1st March 2023

High staff turnover at state-owned mining company Alexkor – notably in the finance division – has created instability in key operations, including financial reporting, the Auditor-General of SA... 

Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim

Eskom appoints Calib Cassim as interim CEO after De Ruyter's early exit

24th February 2023

Eskom chief financial officer Calib Cassim has been appointed as interim CEO following the abrupt departure of André de Ruyter, the power utility announced on Friday morning.  De Ruyter was... 

Miners trapped underground after pylons weakened by cable theft collapse, cutting power supply

22nd February 2023

Sibanye-Stillwater miners were trapped underground in Randfontein due to a power supply interruption caused by powerlines that collapsed after being weakened by the vandalism of cable thieves.... 

Coal stockpiles

Continuous Stage 6 implemented, risk of higher stages as eight units break down

20th February 2023

Eskom has implemented continuous Stage 6 until further notice after eight generating units broke down on Sunday.  "Given the high number of breakdowns, there is a possibility of further changes on... 

MPs to Transnet: Fix this mess you are creating for the ANC government

16th February 2023

African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs tore into Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby on Wednesday, accusing her of "doing nothing" to arrest the company's slide into... 

Stage 2 and 3 loadshedding over the weekend

10th February 2023

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue from 16:00 on Friday until 05:00 on Saturday morning. It will be downgraded to Stage 3 from 05:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Sunday, after which it will again be... 

Stage 4 loadshedding planned for the weekday evenings 

23rd January 2023

Loadshedding will remain at Stage 4 from 16:00 to 05:00 every day, with Stage 3 implemented from 05:00 to 16:00 during the day until further notice, Eskom announced on Monday. Over the past 24... 

Eskom's Ankerlig plant

Eskom, Treasury at odds over diesel funds as loadshedding crisis deepens

17th January 2023

As chronic loadshedding continues indefinitely, a behind-the-scenes dispute has broken out between National Treasury and Eskom over where the money should come from to buy more diesel.  The only... 

Power pylons

Stage 4 and 5 loadshedding expected this week

16th January 2023

Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented at 05:00 to 16:00 from Tuesday, followed by Stage 5 load shedding at 16:00 to 05:00 from Wednesday, Eskom warned. Over the course of this week, 14... 

Some relief as Eskom reduces loadshedding from Thursday

14th December 2022

Stage 5 load shedding will be reduced to Stage 4 starting from 05:00 on Thursday morning until 05:00 on Sunday morning, Eskom announced on Wednesday evening. It added that Stage 3 load shedding... 

Andre de Ruyter

Eskom crisis: Makwana expected to take over from departing De Ruyter

14th December 2022

Mpho Makwana, recently appointed chairperson of the Eskom board, is widely expected to step into André de Ruyter’s role as Eskom group chief executive. In 2009, Makwana - then a non-executive... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding – Mantashe

8th December 2022

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has accused Eskom of "actively agitating for the overthrow of the state" as it continues to implement load shedding, which hit Stage 6 this week... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station

Eskom's desperate scramble to avoid Stage 7

8th December 2022

Eskom on Wednesday evening called off the planned outage of Koeberg unit 1 at the eleventh hour as the utility scrambled to avoid moving to Stage 7 loadshedding. The decision, not yet announced by... 

Eskom power lines

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 6

7th December 2022

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from midday until further notice, Eskom announced. "This is due to a high number of breakdowns since midnight, as well as the requirement to strictly... 

An Eskom power station

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 4 after more breakdowns

7th December 2022

Stage 4 loadshedding will kick in from 09:00 on Wednesday, Eskom announced.  "Due to further breakdowns and delayed returns of generating units to service, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented... 

An Eskom power station

Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

6th December 2022

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00 to 05:00, and on Wednesday afternoon at the same time. Stage 2 loadshedding will continue being implemented at 05:00 to 16:00... 

More Eskom arrests as coal truck driver, supervisor apprehended at Matla station

30th November 2022

A truck driver and his supervisor were arrested for allegedly swapping out good-quality coal, and delivering sub-standard product to Eskom’s Matla power station on Monday. "The arrests took place... 

A photo of railway tracks

Transnet auction fails to attract private sector

28th November 2022

On Friday, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced that only two companies had participated in its much-anticipated auction of slots to private players, the company's first foray into allowing... 

A photo of Eskom's head office

Loadshedding to be downgraded thanks to diesel from PetroSA

24th November 2022

Thanks to diesel supplied by PetroSA, Eskom will be able to reduce load shedding to Stage 3 from Stage 4 during the night, Eskom said. This is expected to last until Monday morning.  The lifeline... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom diesel plan will be announced in the coming days, says Gordhan

23rd November 2022

A plan to deal with Eskom's diesel crisis will be announced in the coming days, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Eskom said last week that it had overspent... 

Loadshedding downgraded again, for now

21st November 2022

Stage 4 loadshedding (instead of Stage 5) will be implemented continuously until 05:00 on Tuesday morning, Eskom said on Monday afternoon. Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented daily... 

Eskom's logo

Extreme loadshedding ahead as Eskom diesel budget runs dry

21st November 2022

Eskom said on Sunday that it has run out of cash to buy diesel and does not plan to order any more until 1April 1, 2023.  The consequence of this will be extreme levels of loadshedding not yet... 

Richards Bay Minerals in court bid against trusts, says most of R530m didn't reach communities

18th November 2022

Richards Bay Minerals has approached the high court to impose tighter governance controls over local community development trusts to ensure that hundreds of-millions in financial benefits will... 

Drivers stopping at traffic lights amid loadshedding

Stage 3 loadshedding to be implemented on Monday and Tuesday

14th November 2022

Eskom has announced that Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Monday from 16:00 until 05:00 on Tuesday morning. It will then drop to Stage 2 until 16:00 on Tuesday, when Stage 3 will again... 

Coal is king, insists Mantashe - as Ramaphosa is feted for green plan in Egypt

11th November 2022

As world leaders fete President Cyril Ramaphosa for his green agenda in Egypt, his minister of mineral resources and energy insisted this week that coal will continue to play a critical part in... 

An image of a derailed coal train

Transnet declares sixth force majeure in 18 months

11th November 2022

Transnet has declared its sixth force majeure in 18 months, this time on the coal export line to Richards Bay, which experienced a massive derailment on Tuesday.  Force majeure is a clause that is... 

Eskom's Duvha power station

Stage 2 loadshedding to start from 09:00 

8th November 2022

Stage 2 loadshedding will start at 09:00 on Tuesday, and will be implemented until further notice, Eskom has announced.  "This is necessitated by a breakdown of a Duvha generating unit and the... 

Expect loadshedding all weekend

4th November 2022

Stage 1 loadshedding will continue to be implemented daily from 05:00 to 16:00 until Sunday, Eskom said on Friday. Meanwhile, Stage 2 loadshedding will also continue to be implemented daily at... 

Criminal case to be opened against Jagersfontein Developments

3rd November 2022

In the wake of a devastating tailings dam wall collapse in the Free State, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), David Mahlobo, will open a criminal case against... 

Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to decide on fate of Russian diamonds

2nd November 2022

The plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is under way in Gaborone, Botswana, until Friday and it's expected to decide if Russian diamonds should be declared conflict... 

Eskom steps up loadshedding as repair of four generation units delayed

1st November 2022

Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented every day this week until Friday, while Stage 2 will be implemented nightly until Friday, Eskom said on Tuesday evening.  Stage 1 will start at 05:00 and... 

A photo of Eskom infrastructure

Stage 2 loadshedding is back this week, Eskom confirms

30th October 2022

Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 on Monday until 05:00 on Tuesday, and again during the evening peaks from 16:00 until midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday, Eskom said on Sunday... 

Photo of an Eskom-owned power line

Loadshedding to be suspended at midnight, but Stage 2 planned for next week

28th October 2022

Loadshedding will be suspended at midnight on Friday, Eskom said. This is thanks to lower weekend demand. But Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until 16:00, which will increase to Stage 3 until... 

Former Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko

Former Eskom boss Matshela Koko, wife and stepdaughter arrested on charges of corruption

27th October 2022

The NPA's Investigating Directorate have arrested former Eskom acting CE Matshela Koko, his wife Mosima and his stepdaughter Koketso Choma on charges of corruption. The charges relate to a... 

A photo of an Eskom power station

Loadshedding to continue into the weekend

27th October 2022

Loadshedding will continue into the weekend, but will be dropped to Stage 2 and Stage 1, Eskom said on Thursday morning.  "Stage 3 loadshedding is currently underway until 16:00 on Thursday,... 

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