Democratic Alliance outlines its plan to resolve Eskom crisis

It's been two weeks since the last bout of stage 4 load shedding and Eskom has managed to keep the lights on.

Although South Africans are not left in the dark, the power utility said that we are not yet out of the woods.

DA MP and Shadow Minister for Energy, Kevin Mileham speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the parties proposals to help Eskom run more efficiently.

Read: What legal redress might you have for losses suffered due to load shedding?

One of the things we are saying is that let's unbundle Eskom into two entities - distribution and transmission as well as generation.

Kevin Mileham, Shadow minister for energy - DA

We would look to privatise the generation over time. We are not saying the whole thing goes to one independent power producer, but it will be split up into a number of smaller independent power producers.

Kevin Mileham, Shadow minister for energy - DA

This will introduce competition and allow other independent power producers to supply electricity.

Kevin Mileham, Shadow minister for energy - DA

Mileham says the argument that people will lose jobs and electricity prices will rise is a fallacious one.

When the power plants are privatised, people will still work at the new establishments and competition will keep prices down.

Read also: Load shedding: Can you quantify losses? Join class action lawsuit against Eskom

It will also ease Eskom's debt burden if we sell a power plant for a billion rand.

Kevin Milenam, Shadow minister for Energy - DA

We want to allow cities and municipalities that have the capacity and resources to purchase electricity directly from independent power producers.

Kevin Milenam, Shadow minister for Energy - DA

Mileham proposes the installation of smart electricity meters to ensure users pay for the electricity they use as there is a massive debt build-up as a result of non-payment.

Des Bernado speaks joins Kieno Kammies to discuss the energy crisis.

He worked at Eskom and also served as an advisor to the former shadow minister of energy at the DA, Gordon Mackay, and claims to have helped prevent the Russian nuclear deal from going ahead.

He agrees with some of the proposals put forward by the DA, the splitting of Eskom in particular, but questions the issue of independent power producers.

When the DA says we can just purchase power from IPPs, where will this power come from? Does it come from a wind turbine? It does not, it comes from the national grid.

Des Bernado, Energy expert

For me, this is a political ploy. When you say Eskom has always had a monopoly, this is not the case. Other people have always been allowed to supply into the grid.

Des Bernado, Energy expert

There is nothing stopping the local municipalities from purchasing power from wherever they want and selling it to their customers. The law allows that.

Des Bernado, Energy expert

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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