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Blackout: The Eskom Crisis

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A blow-by-blow account into the degeneration of Eskom from global energy power-house to dysfunctional monolith.

In 1998 the government was warned that the country was running out of electricity. Yet the decision was taken not to invest in new power stations. In 2007, as predicted, South Africa ran out of electricity.

Eight years later the crisis has deepened, and despite
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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published October 9th 2015 by Jonathan Ball Publishers
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Danie van der Merwe
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A fascinating read and clearly shows why our green paper for adoption of incentives for electric vehicles just died out. Eskom is one of the few utilities in the world encouraging consumers to use less of their product. The capacity of generation power has been dwindling over years and fixing it will take more years and a fortune to fix. It is a trajedy what happened to Eskom but well worth reading as all the details are unpacked and the infographics show it quite plainly.
Francois Pienaar
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A deep insight into the actual state of affairs behind the scenes. It gets quite technical at points but highlights the complexity that is being dealt with to try and keep the lights on. A drastic step change is needed if we want the economy to grow on the back of elec availability as the current builds are simply replacing soon to be mothballed power stations.
Inno
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, well researched. Gives a detailed account of Eskom challenges.
RK
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Basic primer

A useful primer, although a little out of date now. Dates back to before nuclear became very controversial. Easy to read.
Malcolm  Fenner
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book outlining South Africa's problems with Electricity Supply and offering some real easy to implement solutions to improve the long term prospects of the situation.
Dominic Bauer
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read to understand Eskom and the predicament we are in. A great way to see how screwed we are but also a great way to see the opportunities that lie in unscrewing us xD!
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