17 February 2019
Professional Engineering bodies meet with Minister of Public Enterprise to discuss solutions to the country’s electricity power supply constraints.
A combined engineering discipline group, under the auspices of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), met with the Minister Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public enterprise on Friday to discuss their concerns and solution over difficult supply challenges at Eskom.
Purpose of the meeting was to discuss operational challenges, engineering, technical capacity and capability, restructuring and the financial viability faced by the utility. The meeting also reiterated the engineering fraternity’s commitment to being part of the ever-lasting solution in resolving the power generation constraints which forced the Utility to implement loadshedding. The engineering bodies have been instrumental in the design, engineering and building the South African electricity supply and infrastructure over the years.
Following this engagement, the engineering community has been asked to propose a framework for working together with Eskom and the ministry to find a solution in operational, logistical, systems, maintenance and capital project areas of the challenge faced by Eskom. The professional engineering bodies also expressed their willingness to work with local and external experts to tackle and solve the enormous problems faced.
The Minister, in consultation with ECSA, tasked the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)'s CEO, Mr Sicelo Xulu to present an analysis of the challenges facing Eskom. The proposal should include ways in how the South African Engineering fraternity could get involved, and assist, Eskom. Minster Gordhan will develop a coherent plan to achieve operational stability, effective, proper maintenance and system resilience in the electricity network.