On Wednesday, Pravin Gordhan crowed about the plans to lead Eskom out of darkness but
Speaking on eNCA this Thursday morning, Blom questioned Gordhan’s methodology and picked holes in his suggestions that Eskom could limit load shedding to a Stage 1 maximum.
Why Ted Blom believes there could be an Eskom “meltdown”
He said that any attempts to try and cap cuts when they need to be implemented could increase the risk of a “grid meltdown”, which would cause a national blackout if improperly managed:
“The minister said he’d limit power cuts to Stage 1. That’s ignorant… Load shedding is determined by the system, not politicians. If that hard cap has been put onto Eskom, he’s upped the chances of a meltdown by 30%: If there’s too much demand and not enough supply, the whole grid collapses.”
Gordhan highlighted plans to increase generational capacity at certain plants and a drive to encourage consumers to use less electricity as the main aces up his sleeve. He believes that load shedding can be eradicated if everyone at the top pulls their weight, but not many people will hold their breath on that one.
Legal action for load shedding
De Beer Attorneys, a well-renowned law firm, has called upon South Africans to hold Eskom to account for the effects of load shedding and join them in filing a class-action lawsuit against the utility. While Blom believes the current board are responsible for these failures, he doesn’t believe that businesses can successfully sue Eskom:
“On a technical basis, there will be difficult issues to solve via a class action lawsuit. Eskom
gettheir supply to us through different channels, so there’s no uniform approach. There’ll be no success in the high court. But if you trade negligently as the Eskom board have, you must be held responsible.”