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On Thursday, Eskom launched the weekly system status report, which will be hosted on its website.

The report will give a weekly view of energy sent out, peak demand, performance of generating units in terms of the energy availability factor and an outlook of three months ahead.

“The report gives a historical and a future outlook of data that we use in our daily planning to meet South Africa’s electricity demand,” explained Bernard Magoro, Eskom’s system operator.

Phakamani Hadebe, the Group chief executive, commented: “I believe that transparency is one of the solutions to our goal of building trust. The second one is to deliver honestly on our mandate of delivering electricity to power our nation’s economy.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Eskom Board Jabu Mabuza commended the move to reinstate the report saying: “I would like to commend Phakamani and his team for once again publicly sharing critical power system status information. Read more: Eskom Board suspends agreements with NUMSA

According to Mabuza, it is a step in the right direction in inculcating a culture of effective and transparent leadership and governance. “Whilst the risk of load shedding always exists, we remain confident that management is on a direct course to keeping the lights on for South Africa this winter.”

Eskom shares information

The Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan addressed the session welcoming the positive step taken by Eskom to share information that is required by stakeholders in order to make the necessary plans in their businesses and everyday life.

“Transparency is a crucial part of accountability and accountability is a crucial part in a democracy. The launch of this system status report is important as the public needs to know what Eskom is doing, how it operates and if there are faultlines, how do they occur and what is done to make things right,” said Gordhan

He added: “I can therefore say it with a level of confidence that we believe Eskom when it says there will be no load shedding this winter unless there is a catastrophe. That’s the kind of assurance that the public wants from us.”

Eskom also publishes the medium-term system adequacy outlook (MTSAO) report, which is a requirement of the South African Grid Code – System Operation Code annually.

The latest study that was published in October 2017 showed that the system has enough generation capacity to meet expected electricity demand over the next five years (2017 – 2022), the power utility noted.