Eskom’s turnaround strategy has resulted in operational surplus capacity, so large power users can once again embark on growth initiatives.

Speaking at the Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa industry reception event in Johannesburg last week, Eskom interim group chief executive Matshela Koko said Eskom’s turnaround had delivered an operational surplus energy capacity of 3 600MW, which, along with its maintenance and build programme, would meet increases in demand until 2021.

“Not long ago we were loadshedding, and now we have significant surplus capacity. We want to thank the associates and stakeholders who walked this journey with us through difficult times and are helping to make Eskom great again.”

Willie Majola, acting group executive, Generation at Eskom, says: “We are saying to big business ‘we are open for business. Let’s power the growth of the South African economy’.”

Koko and Majola were addressing southern African power and distribution sector industry bodies and leaders at the planning launch of the 2017 Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and exhibition programme. The event is a premier pan-African power sector summit, addressing issues identified by the industry.