Rising costs seem to have affected the African electricity industry in a big way over the last few weeks, with Namibia increasing costs by 18% and Zimbabwe and Eskom having put forward applications for increased tariffs.  

Uganda has offered hope for beleaguered consumers by proposing lower tariffs, although, until formalised, lower tariffs remain something of a pipe dream, not only in Africa, but throughout the world.  The United Kingdom may be facing tariff increases of 50% or more over the coming months.

South Africans continue to battle with daily load shedding and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa has started with similar load shedding programmes as electricity supply becomes tighter with the approaching winter and higher peak demand.

The Power Indaba and Africa Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town from 20 – 22 May, provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders within the African power industry to get together, share experiences and come up with real-time, practical solutions to the problems facing our entire continent.

We invite our municipal readers to provide us with their load shedding information for the website (esiafrica.wpengine.com), and encourage everyone to provide nominations for our Utility CEO and Power Station Manager of the year awards.

As always, we welcome any feedback or comments.

Claire Volkwyn
Content manager: esiafrica.wpengine.com