The tension created by the poor administration and organisation of ESKOM is now becoming a nightmare for many South Africans.
Eskom was run by Whites at the height of racist Apartheid; it was at the heights of its success.
It provided power to millions of South Africans at very low rates, was run efficiently due to its autonomy from political interference (it was ran by actual engineers who knew what they were doing), was less regulated, created millions of jobs, and paid all its debt on time.
Eskom was so effective in its production of electricity (which was cheap, hence its cheap prices that the consumer did not even feel) that in 1969, after South Africa’s economic growth rate had topped 6% in various years in the 1960s, electricity demand threatened to outstrip supply.
[As a result, growth in electricity demand was double economic growth.]
That when Eskom began building large coal stations of standardised design; vendors and contractors from all over the world could not wait to give Eskom the best prices and conditions. This in turn made electricity cheap and in abundance for South Africa.
In addition to this tremendous success which was just another day for Eskom at this point, the stations were built on time and on budget. These power stations were funded by cheap debt, which was always paid on time, thus the taxpayer did not even have to part with a cent!
[I mean, why do you think the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto Wesizwe, their most notable “accomplishment” in their 58 year existence; was to blow up an Eskom power station? It was because they knew how unstoppable the success of this company was.]
By the time they were done with this project, Eskom had a great abundance of very reliable electricity at arguably the lowest prices in the world. Much lower than private utilities in other countries.
This was success was due to South Africa’s vast reserves of cheap, easily mined coal. As well as the clear-sighted, well-planned, consistent programme of new building, whose framework was wholly based on technical and commercial determinations.
Yet, because Apartheid was an evil, racist regime that could not be sustained, the historical economic growth of the 1960s did not persist. And the growth rate slowed down in the 1970s and even more so in the 1980s.
Thus, by the middle of the 1980s, South Africa was seen as having a surplus of electricity supply.
This illusion captivated a lot senior managers and politicians even when South Africa was in fact beginning to run out of electricity.
Then enters the ANC in 1994, vile a gang of political rapists, murderers, looters, criminals, porn-stars, racists and savages whose only aim was to replace the poverty they experienced in exile, in the bush, with wealth paid for by taxpayers. At the expense of Rebuilding a truly Free and Prosperous South Africa.
They nationalized Eskom, removed all the highly skilled, experienced White engineers and managers. And replaced them with hopeless Black ANC looters who have proven to be more useless than hungry, wet, abandoned township dogs taking a shot [sic] on a clean lawn they stumbled upon when looking for food in dustbins.
[These highly-skilled white engineers, managers, and technicians were given generous ‘packages’ to get out and make way for Blacks and political affiliation. The only thing we have ripped from these changes was loadshedding and bankrupt Eskom. So much for Black Empowerment!]