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Solar’s time has come – and not a moment too soon

Reports of a shortage of coal supply at six of Eskom’s power stations have sparked concern that load shedding could once again become a reality in South Africa. It’s a stark reminder that a heavy reliance on a finite resource such as coal to meet the country’s energy demands is not sustainable.

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Logic needs to be applied in Eskom and SAA

Eskom is overstaffed by 66% and the average salary is more than R700 000 a year according to the World Bank. We know this because utility companies produce the same products and their costs and efficiencies can be compared. One can, for instance, work out how many units of electricity are produced and sold for every staff member. The World Bank had a go at this one too and found a similar utility in India which produces about 40 times as much electricity per employee as Eskom does.

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