I have a friend who works for Eskom. She is an extremely capable and smart woman and as remained loyal to this company. I was overseas during the "electricity crisis" which lasted about 2 months. I read about it in bemusement because my family and friends were saying that they were experiencing a power cut for an hour or so around once a month due to load sheeding while the media presented a far bleeker picture. Anyway even today where there is no such thing as a "crisis" hereand electricity is as consistantly available as ever, expats will still like to believe and perpetuate myths like "South Africa has an alectrcity crisis".
Bwhahahahaha....welll fuckers....read this and eat shit !
The World Energy Council has commended South Africa’s great success in increasing access to electricity since 1994.
According to the 2009 World Energy and Climate Policy Assessment, “while South Africa does not lead with a high indicator of the energy equity building block, its policies and their recent evolution and implementation are well worth considering by others”. The London-based Financial Times mentions South Africa as one of the unexpected stars of this assessment, for the improvements that access to electricity has made to the population’s quality of life.
The report mentions that electrification in urban areas in South Africa has risen from 36% in 1994 to 90% at present. The number or rural households with electricity has risen from 12% in 1994 to 52% in 2005.
In order to achieve this, the assessment states that “a connection had to be made every 30 seconds for 5 years. A pole had to be placed in the correct position every 10 seconds. Two hundred metres of cable had to be strung and attached every minute.”The increased access to electricity has lead to improved quality of live, better security and more business opportunities.
The report also mentions major health benefits, including fewer paraffin burns and poisoning, vaccine refrigeration, water pasteurization and a decrease in respiratory disease. According to the assessment, the achievement of 1.5 million connections in 5 years accompanied by a 50% reduction in costs was made possible by detailed planning, design and project management.The assessment notes effective South African energy policies, for other countries to emulate.
These include highly developed energy infrastructure policies and the implementation of renewable feed-in tariffs (that should encourage the use of renewable energy). The World Energy Council also highlighted the country’s introduction of carbon emission reduction credits and the development of a carbon storage atlas, which will map areas of South Africa suitable for storing carbon emissions.Over 90 member committees of the World Energy Council and their constituent members conducted this assessment of their energy policies and practices. The assessment will be done yearly to accelerate the move toward global energy equity and security, as well as environmental sustainability.
“It is critical in a time of great change to identify and benchmark policies and to distinguish successful and less effective policies. We need to ensure that our thoughts and actions can shape the new world of energy and build a path to a more sustainable energy future,” said Christopher Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council.
It's so obviously easy to mock the pessimists if you employ some objective facts.