Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
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Eskom generates electricity by transforming inputs from the natural environment – coal, water, wind, nuclear and liquid fuels. Together with power generated by independent power producers (IPPs) and imports from neighbouring countries, the electricity is supplied to a wide range of customers, thereby supporting economic growth and improving the quality of life in South Africa and the region.
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Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
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What is Eskom?

Eskom is a South African state-owned electricity supplier, serving over 50 million customers across the country. They generate, transmit, and distribute electricity, playing a crucial role in the country's economy and infrastructure.

What they do:

  • Generate electricity: Eskom operates a diverse fleet of power stations, including coal, nuclear, hydro, and renewable energy sources.
  • Transmit electricity: They have an extensive transmission network covering the entire country.
  • Distribute electricity: Eskom supplies electricity directly to municipalities and large industrial users, while smaller distributors handle residential and commercial customers.

Current challenges

  • Aging infrastructure: Many of Eskom's power plants are nearing the end of their lifespan, leading to breakdowns and reduced generation capacity.
  • Financial difficulties: Eskom has accumulated significant debt and faces financial challenges, impacting its ability to invest in new infrastructure and maintenance.
  • Load shedding: To cope with electricity shortages, Eskom implements load shedding, which involves planned power cuts to different areas across the country.

Initiatives for improvement

  • Renewable energy: Eskom is investing in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power to diversify its energy mix and reduce reliance on coal.
  • Maintenance and refurbishment: They are working to improve the maintenance of existing power plants and refurbish older facilities.
  • Cost-cutting measures: Eskom is implementing measures to reduce costs and improve financial sustainability.
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