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US Embassy Evacution Plan For Blackout In SA

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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

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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.

 – Yolandi Groenewald, City Press

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23 thoughts on “US Embassy Evacution Plan For Blackout In SA

  1. ESKOM IS A INCOMPETENT MONOPOLY

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    Posted by Dawne | February 10, 2015, 2:35 pm
    • Its not eskom thats incompetent its the ANC government. Eskom is strapped by a bunch of incompetent idiots in the ANC who are instructing them to keep the power on regardless of lack payment by consumers

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      Posted by dave | April 20, 2015, 5:02 am
  2. We are warned by Eskom of the low reserve of electricity but still supply neighbouring countries with electricity. We are eskoms priority. So stop supplying neighbouring countries and gives us the supply. We do however, every month pay for this and now we are dealt a low blow being dilligent payers. We have 4 times the amount of electricity Australia does and they don’t have this issue. When clowns runs the country, a circus this country will become

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    Posted by Dane Naidoo | February 10, 2015, 2:26 am
    • Agree with you 100%! WE are Eskom’s priority… SOUTH AFRICA … not ruddy neighbouring countries. These countries have to sort themselves out and should long since have been notified to this effect.. another inadvertence to put it mildly, when SA’s national supply (through gross neglect one may add) is in the ungodly situation it is.

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      Posted by kznwatch | February 11, 2015, 10:28 am
      • Easy to blame Eskom but when your boss is the incompetent and failing ANC government, what the hell can you do?

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        Posted by dave | April 20, 2015, 5:08 am
  3. A big problem is all the shopping malls that are been built as they draw mega power and we don’t need them we have enough. In the last year they have built 3 massive ones close to where I live. I hate to know how many more in other areas are still going up. What seems to happen as soon as a new one goes up, one of the old ones starts having empty shops where people don’t get enough business and close down

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    Posted by Vaughan | February 10, 2015, 1:54 am
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    Posted by shen | February 8, 2015, 9:25 pm
  5. What about the old people that are on oxygen, who uses the electric oxygen machine

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    Posted by RS Avidi | February 8, 2015, 3:29 pm
  6. Who is going to recompense the man in the street and also private companies for the financial losses caused by the disruption of electric power? Eskom will in effect close the country down due to communication services (telephonic/fax/computer communications) being severed? Who is going to bale out our companies that are providing work for the majority of the people, or are the owners expected to pay their staff regardless of losing business? I would, if I was in that position, seriously consider closing the business down and let the Government support it’s people. We also have numerous Chinese malls and traders scattered in our country. By importing their own stuff, they are also crippling our own factories and South African brand. I would love to know how they are taxed on the income generated. Are they also registered as taxed companies? Let’s face it, the income generated by taxing the man in the street has been squandered, services are not fantastic, we have very highly paid people governing this country, and I don’t see one of them taking blame for this fiasco with Eskom, or any other parastatal which is failing.

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    Posted by Maureen | February 8, 2015, 2:08 pm
  7. I cannot see why every street light can’t be switched of permanently. If we can drive during a power cut, then surely we can drive with them being off? That way we SAVE !!!

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    Posted by Adele | February 8, 2015, 12:54 pm
  8. Well! They came to power took over, gave early retirement packages to the people who ran things, gave those positions to unqualified cadres and the result is what we have today. A corrupt crime ridden non functional country on the verge of collapse.

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    Posted by Stephen King | February 8, 2015, 11:36 am
  9. Just one four letter word is the cause, bee!

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    Posted by Harold Churchill | February 8, 2015, 10:48 am
  10. Powerships now!! … Before the Koeberg shutdown…

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    Posted by William Segal | February 8, 2015, 8:35 am
  11. The whole SA evolution of the last 20 years or so was summed up simply to me when I worked there a number of years ago.
    An extremely nice and clearly well educated Black gentleman said to me “We need the White man in charge again, we are trying to do this, but we are just not able”.
    I thought at the time how perceptive this man was, and knew he was right.

    And before everyone jumps on the ‘cry for help’ racial band wagon, write a list of African former [European] colonies that have improved living standards, infrastructure etc. since independence.
    You can use the back of a postage stamp for the list.

    I am sure in the end the incompetents that are raping the country at Government level will try to spin a blame on apartheid, But the ‘disadvantaged’ that later became the ‘previously disadvantaged’ which has now evolved on to the term ‘historical disadvantaged’ are finally having to stand up and be counted.

    And I am betting that nice Mr Zuma, who as is apparent is doing the best of his ability, has generators at his house, paid for of course by the tax payers!!

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    Posted by Brian | February 8, 2015, 5:00 am
  12. Typical ANC…can’t run parliment…can’t run SAA…can’t run SAPS…can’t run home affairs…can’t stop illegal immigration…can’t stop crime…can’t stop corruption can’t even provide the nation with electricity…but they can sure run up their bank accounts

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    Posted by viper | February 7, 2015, 2:18 pm
  13. Soweto owes millions and millions. Switch them all off until Soweto pays their bills. This would already be a massive massive power saving…. Also STOP supplying our neighbours! They need to support themselves! We’ve got our own problems!

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    Posted by Delene | February 7, 2015, 7:45 am
    • why do we have to supply other countries while we are going to be in total darkness!!!!! why wait till it happens!!!! SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT A LONG LONG TIME AGO. WHERE IS ALL OUR MONEY GOING ?/ ALL THAT MONEY THAT THEY SPENT ON E-TOLLING THEY COULD HAVE USED IT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY – COMMON GUYS USE YOUR BRAINS IF YOU HAVE ANY!!!

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      Posted by Dianne | February 7, 2015, 11:24 pm
  14. Wow, really……. it’s only a blackout and not a war zone on nuclear disaster….. but it does show that they fear crime in SA to treat it like that…. at least all the stupid officials will be safe……..

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    Posted by pd | February 7, 2015, 3:11 am
    • What do you think will happen if there is no power in SA? When you open the tap and no water comes out, when you go to the petrol station to fill up your car, when you go to the supermarket to buy groceries OH yeah how the heck will you withdraw money – inside the banks there is no POWER. Think further and harder.

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      Posted by Jaco | February 8, 2015, 4:27 am
  15. Yes,if our country would not allow each and everyone into our country,for free water,electricity,hospital and then a house,our own people,born and raised here would have more ,does ‘nt it make sense?

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    Posted by Ann Strauss | February 6, 2015, 11:31 pm
  16. stop e legal electricity in the town ship why must they have the spotlights on all day and why must we in town pay extra stop all the talks and get of the chairs and start doing home work why must u get the big salaries and the poor have to pay for that ……. O big chief pull yourself together lift your ass and see that your people are doing their jobs …………or get people in that can do the job and get rid of the lazy one’s

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    Posted by zelda | February 6, 2015, 2:16 pm
    • One only has to drive around the big cities at night to see all the lights on in office buildings, shops, advertising billboards and so on. Wake up big businesses and help the country by turning off the lights at night.

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      Posted by Debbie | February 8, 2015, 6:51 am

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