Considering our energy crisis presently being experienced...I just heard a news report on 702 radio informing us that Eskom states we'll have this problem FOR THE NEXT FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS...WHAT?
I've digging around DME's website searching for clues on where we're at and how the hell we got here. Here's the problem with our energy crisis in South Africa - read the DME website and you will notice that ALL the whitepapers are either published SEVEN years ago or more...here's an example of a Whitepaper on Energy Policy...this is ABSURD!!
More on the website; "The DME's Energy Policy is based on the following key objectives: Attaining universal access to energy by 2014" - there are a few others...but this is the FIRST one...I humbly request to know where we're at in attaining this FIRST objective? - especially considering that Eskom has stated that we'll only be over this load shedding hurdle by earliest 2012...probable 2015.
An interesting read is The South Africa Yearbook and especially chapter 16 (pages 10 to 20) - it references the DME Whitepaper on Renewable Energy extensively but on page 20 of the Yearbook I found my personal little gripe; "The Service Provider will own and maintain the systems, allowing longer term financing to ameliorate monthly payments. It will provide the service at a monthly fee" - WHY NOT JUST PRIVATISE THIS? Aaaagh! This whitepaper is 5 years old and NOTHING has been done since it was published!
Right now I could SCREAM!
Anyway...a sucker punch question would be...HOW THE IN GOODNESS NAME WILL WE HOST THE SOCCER WORLD CUP considering this situation? Check out this column - I'm not agreeing with the guy but it's interesting...and concerning!
Enough...this is my last energy rant for a while...and my laptop battery is a 3% with no way to charge it now ;)