Eskom Lifts The Veil On Doom At Cabinet Meeting
The South African Cabinet Has Been Briefed By Eskom About The Risk Of a Total National Electricity Blackout
The US embassy in Pretoria has drawn up an evacuation plan partly designed to get its staff out safely if the lights go off in South Africa once and for all, reported Fin24’s sister publication City Press on Sunday. Senior government sources told City Press that Eskom late last year presented a bleak picture of what would happen if load shedding failed and the system shut down completely. “It’s a fact. They said we needed to do maintenance because the system was unreliable and would shut down,” said a senior government official.
Eskom warned government that, if the system crashed, it would take at least two weeks to reboot. A second official privy to the information presented to cabinet said the “two-week warning” was based on what had happened in California when its electricity system shut down in 2011.
“When your car battery is flat, you need additional capacity to be able to boost it. This is how our system works. California had to buy an amount of power equal to their total capacity to be able to reboot their system,” the second official said.
READ: Eskom CEO: SA’s reserve tank almost exhausted
“We don’t want to go there, because all our neighbours are buying from us. No one in Africa has 42 000 MW of power.”
The insider said Eskom had warned government it had no option but to continue load shedding, despite senior ANC and government officials being unhappy about the ongoing power cuts.
“We can’t afford a total blackout. We don’t have that luxury,” the second official said.
Reuters reported on Friday that in the event of a national blackout, President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet would be taken to a secret location and soldiers would be deployed at national key points, such as the SA Reserve Bank and the SABC’s head office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Eskom this week refused to be drawn on the chances of a large-scale blackout happening and merely said it would continue to implement load shedding to protect the grid, as this is the best way to protect South Africa’s power system.
US embassy staff are now taking a hard look at South Africa’s power situation on a daily basis.
US Embassy spokesperson Jack Hillmeyer confirmed the embassy has a plan, but said it was “standard procedure”.
“The safety and security of our American and local staff and facilities is a top priority,” he said. “As we do in our locations throughout the world, we plan and prepare for possible emergency situations we may face. Our planning in South Africa is similar to what we do in all countries.”
Hillmeyer said he could not discuss specifics about safety and security planning for “obvious reasons”.
Eskom sources have told City Press a national blackout was a “very significant possibility for the foreseeable future”.
Two sources told City Press the situation has become even worse over the past month.
READ: Eskom: SA on power alert
Eskom should be able to generate 43 300 MW of power on a 24-hour basis. However, on a good day, the power utility only produces 71% of its generation capacity owing to faults at its power stations – and the need for maintenance is critical. Lately, according to the utility’s own graphs, they have been operating at 65% on most days.
Two weeks ago, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona told a closed meeting of 100 of South Africa’s top business leaders that his senior management “prays every day” that nothing unforeseen happened to collapse the national grid infrastructure, causing a potentially catastrophic nationwide blackout.
A CEO in the telecommunications industry, who did not attend the meeting but was informed of Matona’s message, told City Press companies not drawing up plans for a worst-case scenario are being “daft”.
“We certainly have had meetings on the issue and God help us all if it does happen, but we can’t sit around doing nothing if the Eskom head himself has warned us,” he said. He did not want to elaborate on his company’s plans to survive a national blackout.
February 2, 2015 [Monday] Issue #1378
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
LEE BABY SPINS LAST TUNE In 1961, Gilmore LaMar Simms quits high school at 16. With his debut on WTMA-1250 in his hometown Charleston, SC he begins a 40-year radio career. On the radio, listeners know LaMar asLee Baby Simms. During his long radio career Lee Baby is behind the mic on 35 radio stations in 22 markets. In the 1960s and 1970s, San Antonio, TX listeners hear Sims on KONO-860 and KTSA-550. He retires to the hills above San Francisco, CA. On January 28, 2015 Lee Baby Simms passes away at 72.
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COPS NAB GUNMAN IN TV NEWSROOM On Thursday, January 29, 2015 a gunman hijacks NOS news broadcast in the Netherlands. The deranged triggerman hopes to send a message to the entire country. NOS live television captures the attack on the country’s biggest national news broadcast. He takes the security guard hostage and yells that he wants air time. If they do not give it to him, he says that bombs will explode in different places. As he holds his pistol, Dutch police rush him and slam the gunman to the floor.
THE BIG EYE ANCHOR EXITS TV KEYE TV CBS CH 42 Austin, TX (originally KVUE TV during my time there in 1966) traffic Anchor Erica Brennes decides on an exodus not only from KEYE TV after three years but television completely. Brennes decides to leap into startup company RideScout, which is an app that monitors traffic conditions. Erica brags: Here, I’m not just talking about wrecks, wrecks, wrecks all the time. I get to focus on solutions. She adds: KEYE always felt like home, but life changes.
WESTWOOD ONE RELOCATES RAMP reports that Westwood One will move out of its longtime location in Dallas, TX into another site in Big D. Westwood One’s lease on Montfort Drive expires in mid-2015, plus sub-tenant Radio Disney leaves the building. So, Westwood One will build new broadcast facilities at its TM Studios on Academy Lane in the Metroplex. Back-office functions, like traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management will relocate to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington, TX.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Second only to the Grand Ole Opry, what is the longest-running radio program in existence? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! John Steel Sunday, February 1, 2015. •WLOH-1320 News/Talk Lancaster, OH plus its two translators flip to Country at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 30, 2015. •MARK THOMPSON’s new Mark In The Morning show debuts on Monday, February 2, 2015 on KSWD FM Bonneville Classic Rock (100.3 The Sound) Los Angeles, CA. •KXNT-840 Las Vegas, NV moves financial talk star Dave Ramsey from evening delay broadcast to 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 WHAT’S MY LINE’s 1st broadcast on CBS TV on February 2nd. •1962 RICHIE MCDONALD lead singer of Lonestar born on February 6th in Lubbock, TX. •1973 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Rock music show debuts on NBC TV on February 2nd. •1981 GEORGE STRAIT records his first hit single Unwound on February 2nd at Music City Music Hall in Nashville, TN. •1997 NFL PRO BOWL: AFC beats NFC 26-23 on February 2nd in overtime.•2010 BRAD PAISLEY’s single Online goes Gold on February 4th.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Have known him for 21 years. Phone call last night from Ludlow Dave – he told me a week ago; Chubby was in the Hospital. YOU met him at Lunch in Harrison Ohio with John Sommers one time – anyway; last night Ludlow was told “Chubby” has 3 months to live – “Cancer”… You know he is also blind! Life goes bye too fast – live it while you have your legs! DM
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Lee Baby Sims. Hello, Everyone, Sad news this morning. I just received word from Woody Roberts that his dear friend Lee Baby Sims has passed away at the age of 72. Lee was on the air at KONO in San Antonio in the 1960s and is well remembered by all who heard him. For more on his life and career, go to:www.reelradio.com/ls/index.html Liz
TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Lee Baby dies. Word has come from Claude Hall, former editor of Vox Jox at Billboard Magazine, that Lee Baby Simms has taken his life. He also worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Honolulu as well as many other markets. His last name is spelled Simms. I last talked to him in 2006 when he called me in the hospital. I know he worked at KRLA three separate stints when it was album rock, MOR as ‘Ol Doc Frail, and Top 40 as Lee “Baby”.
CHUCK DUNAWAY (Houston-Katy, TX) I worked with Lee Baby Sims at WKYC in Cleveland.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Lee ‘Baby’ Sims. One of the great rock jocks has left the studio, Lee “Baby” Sims. This aircheck is what Top 40 radio sounded like before Drake when it was still fun; it made me tired just listening to him with all that energy in afternoon drive. This is before he started doing the “Lee Baby’ schtick, and I found it interesting how many live reads there were on some of the spots and PSA’s. Interesting to hear his distinctive cadence and accent again, and he never stumbled over a word. God bless his soul, hope he loves Rock and Roll heaven, that’s where all the good jockeys go. Lee “Baby” Sims, KTSA, San Antonio, TX
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JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) Hi Jim, Wow…great trivia question ~ I didn’t know that about KVOO. I suspect that is because of Phillips Petroleum. The Philbrook Museum is at the end of my street https://philbrook.org/ I literally can walk there. It used to be the home of Waite Phillips of Phillips Petroleum. Sort of like Miss Ima’s home is the lovely Bayou Bend.https://philbrook.org/about/the-philbrook-story This mentions the downtown tower. After looking at that, here’s a bit more about the Philbrook ~ https://philbrook.org/explore/philbrook-gardens /https://real-estate.knoji.com/philbrook-beautiful-landmark-mansion-and-art-museum/ The place is truly beautiful. When new exhibits open we have to drive very carefully down the street to the house… folks are parking on both sides of our street and walking to the museum after the Philbrook’s parking facilities fill up ~ the valet parking staffers are really hoofing it. They have a new exhibit opening next week ~ I suspect it’ll be busy. Well, have a good night ~ Joanie
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1941, freelance broadcaster Roy Plomley dreams up Desert Island Discs and sends a proposition letter to the BBC. On January 27, 1942 BBC Radio launches the new Desert Island Discs program. Second only to the Grand Ole Opry it is the longest-running radio program in existence.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: for print if you want my friend. Jim and Suzie: I just spent four weeks in Rehab Hospital. It is the only place they could administer the power dosages of Anti-biotics and Steroids in an attempt to kill what is an unknown infection in my left lung. The rehab hospital is a scary place. With all the extra-powerful dosages of Steroids/Anti biotics and other medications administered in the rehab hospital you can barely hold onto reality. I couldn’t send email out, but received your JRRR and it gave me a glimpse of what was outside. Kendall and I do appreciate you. Thank you. Chuck
DANIEL BOONE (November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820) All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Eric Church Tour Struck-Down But Not Out By the Flu
What happens when the flu strikes one of country music’s biggest tours? Eric Church says the show must go on. Eric’s crew and band were hit hard with the flu in Salt Lake City Saturday night. There was only Eric…no one to hang fancy lights or equipment…no band. But, instead of cancelling the gig, Eric played what will probably go down in history as one of his most memorable shows.
If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so I am. Here’s the deal, yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on the Outsiders Tour is different. Well tonight, will be the most different one. Shit there’s nobody left, its just me. I’m going to give you everything I got. We have a couple band guys that feel ok to get up and down here. Here’s the deal – on Memorial Day we’re going to come back and play the full show. I’m not going anywhere, I’m here to play. Its gunna be crazy. “
The stripped down show featured Eric on a massive stage playing an acoustic show, and promising to come back.
Halestorm opened the show with a full 45-minute set. The production and stage were scaled back – only four spotlights and a minimal floor lighting package showcased Church in this unique setting. Guitar players Jeff Hyde, Jeff Cease and Driver Williams joined Church for a few songs and Lzzy Hale came onstage for a remarkable acoustic rendition of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll.” Church worked six mic positions (scaled back from the normal 14), still performing to every section of the 360-degree setup. Supporting acts for the May 25 bonus show in Salt Lake City will be announced at a later date. Fans wishing to attend should hold onto all physical tickets. Those unable to attend that show can seek a full refund at point of purchase until 5 p.m. day of concert.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Early Morning Inspiration For All Who May Be In Need Of Some
The Throne of Glory
1 John 1:1-4
When you pray, how do you approach God? Numerous Christiansvisualize a holy, righteous being and approach Him with feelings of fear, unworthiness, and reluctance. On the other hand, many believers picture the Lord as a pal and talk to Him with little reverence.
Neither approach is healthy. Our finite minds cannot fully grasp that God is both loving and holy. Let’s first explore the holy, fear-provoking side of the Lord. As you read today’s passage, visualize the incredible power around heaven’s throne. It fills my heart with awe and wonder.
Before Jesus walked on earth, the temple contained an area called the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence resided. Only the priest could enter—and just on specified days, after ritual cleansing and preparation. If he did not get himself ready exactly according to scriptural rules, he would be struck dead. To be in God’s presence requires obedience. In fact, because of the Almighty’s absolute holiness and perfection, He is unable to commune with sinfulness, which is the condition of all mankind (Rom. 3:9). Therefore, every one of us is guilty and deserving of condemnation. Thankfully, though, God did not leave us helpless, but out of His grace and love, sent His Son to be our Redeemer.
Every page of Scripture can deepen our understanding of God’s greatness. Are you amazed at His presence and deeds? To understand more about His character, discipline yourself to read and meditate on the Word. Then take time to praise Him, for He alone is worthy of our adoration.
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