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    Eskom is losing its battle to do essential maintenance at the country's power plants.Rapport reports on Sunday that the power utility is caught up in a spiral of unplanned maintenance which is impacting on its ability to do essential preventative maintenance.
    According to Eskom's own status reports, more generating units have to be switched off due to breakdowns. But instead of doing more planned maintenance to prevent breakdowns, Eskom is doing less.
    Protracted delay
    "If we do all the (planned) maintenance we are supposed to do, it would lead to Phase 3 load shedding. If we do it under those circumstances, the power grid becomes unstable to the extent that the risk of a total blackout becomes too great. We are not prepared to do that," an engineer tasked with Eskom's maintenance told the newspaper.
    The only solution is more resources for planned maintenance. "It is an issue of perseverance, but it is extremely important."
    For increased capacity to do planned maintenance, more expertise is needed. There is, however, a protracted delay in issuing visas for foreign experts.
    "Some of the equipment is so old that it is only used in two or three places in the world. The original manufacturers - suppliers such as Alstom, Siemens, General Electric and ABB - are the only ones who can truly undertake preventative maintenance on the equipment. They are struggling to get visas," the engineer said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Eskom is losing its battle to do essential maintenance at the country's power plants.Rapport reports on Sunday that the power utility is caught up in a spiral of unplanned maintenance which is impacting on its ability to do essential preventative maintenance.
    According to Eskom's own status reports, more generating units have to be switched off due to breakdowns. But instead of doing more planned maintenance to prevent breakdowns, Eskom is doing less.
    Protracted delay
    "If we do all the (planned) maintenance we are supposed to do, it would lead to Phase 3 load shedding. If we do it under those circumstances, the power grid becomes unstable to the extent that the risk of a total blackout becomes too great. We are not prepared to do that," an engineer tasked with Eskom's maintenance told the newspaper.
    The only solution is more resources for planned maintenance. "It is an issue of perseverance, but it is extremely important."
    For increased capacity to do planned maintenance, more expertise is needed. There is, however, a protracted delay in issuing visas for foreign experts.
    "Some of the equipment is so old that it is only used in two or three places in the world. The original manufacturers - suppliers such as Alstom, Siemens, General Electric and ABB - are the only ones who can truly undertake preventative maintenance on the equipment. They are struggling to get visas," the engineer said.
    How come preventative maintenance was carried out pre 1994.I think our skills have emigrated and the incompetent people have replaced them(you know who)and they don't know what to do.It's same as the team sports like cricket and football where the disadvantaged must be advantaged and then they lose the game.If chosen on merit this country will be good as pre 1994 or better.

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    Close them down and give us solar for our homes instead of the billions of our tax money to keep them running only to still fail us.

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    The skills are here, but it starts with admitting that you have failed, and reversing your policies, something our leaders cannot do. Self righteousness is a terrible disease.

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    Many of us have been pushed out of Eskom but we are, in the main, still in SA, the guys who pushed us out now plan to bring in expats, amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alansut View Post
    many of us have been pushed out of eskom but we are, in the main, still in sa, the guys who pushed us out now plan to bring in expats, amazing.
    +1,000,000

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    An interesting analysis....

    http://today.moneyweb.co.za/article....cid=2015-03-09

    "The official policy (at least from what I can divine from its public messaging) is that Eskom will “load shed only as much as is necessary". There seems to be enormous political pressure on the utility to not load shed.

    But we simply don’t know much of what’s actually going on. And, I suspect with the ‘War Room’ now actively managing the entity and GCIS massaging the communications, we’re going to know less and less… "

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    Their staff should spend less time over weekends in B & Bs with wifes and girlfriends and eating out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theunsb View Post
    Their staff should spend less time over weekends in B & Bs with wifes and girlfriends and eating out.
    Ay maan,it's dar caalchaar for our peepool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    "The official policy (at least from what I can divine from its public messaging) is that Eskom will “load shed only as much as is necessary". There seems to be enormous political pressure on the utility to not load shed.
    How about that?
    Enormous pressure to keep doing their jobs....at least as much as necessary, that is...... After all, we can't have the poor dears getting their hands dirty now, can we?.... you couldn't make this up with the most talented scriptwriters and an unlimited budget, yet we have such pearls on an almost daily basis. Comedy Gold!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmax View Post
    Close them down and give us solar for our homes instead of the billions of our tax money to keep them running only to still fail us.
    My rough calculations show it will take the Eskom allocation in the budget for the next 40 years to give us all solar, and where will THAT money come from?
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    Close them down and give us solar for our homes instead of the billions of our tax money to keep them running only to still fail us.
    and what about power for all the businesses and factories?

    think this through again...
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    We are in for a loooooonnng, dark and very cold winter
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    We are in for a loooooonnng, dark and very cold winter
    more worried about the border line mom-and-pop stores/businesses that cant pay salaries while people sit around in the dark .....


    this can really hurt our economy ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by roynaidoo View Post
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    Dude you're going to get the thread nuked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    more worried about the border line mom-and-pop stores/businesses that cant pay salaries while people sit around in the dark .....


    this can really destroy our economy ...
    Phixed it for you......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansut View Post
    Many of us have been pushed out of Eskom but we are, in the main, still in SA, the guys who pushed us out now plan to bring in expats, amazing.
    Like Alan says correct people are still available and they are not always previously better off type. Those who could do the work are pushed out or not given power to make decisions.

    To save tax payers money and get power back to grid collect those who can do the work give them decision power and pay lets say R2 milj per head per year and that annual package cost is saved in one month. It would also bring back some of those who are not all over the world in strange places.

    Politicians will not agree - unfortunately. To save face they will import "experts" on a very high cost who have no idea how to handle the local conditions/manpower or how to fix equipment we have.
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    Eskom losing maintenance battle - report
    The irony of this heading just hit me..... how can they even hope to WIN a battle they aren't even fighting??


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