Fanele Mondi, CEO of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), says members —  the biggest hitters in industry, mining and manufacturing — are prepared to ease their electricity demand significantly so Eskom can boost its maintenance levels; but the power utility and the government need to come to the party.

“As the EIUG we feel strongly that we cannot have a fleet of coal-fired power stations operating at 50%. That’s a lot of energy that is not available. If we could improve that by improving maintenance, we could draw back some of the energy we are losing on assets which should be functional but are not.”..

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