An Eskom-free future is on the cards

More than 14 years of load-shedding has led to questions about state-owned Eskom’s relevance. The privatisation of energy in South Africa is gaining traction as consumers and businesses alike grapple with constant power cuts. It is now possible to imagine a future without the power utility. 

Companies have long spoken about getting off the grid but only now are they acting, especially after the mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, issued new rules allowing independent producers to generate power of up to 100 megawatts (MW) without a licence. 

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Tunicia Phillips
Tunicia Phillips is an investigative, award-winning journalist who has worked in broadcast for 10 years. Her beats span across crime, court politics, mining energy and social justice. She has recently returned to print at the M&G working under the Adamela Trust to specialise in climate change and environmental reporting.
Anathi Madubela
Anathi Madubela is a business journalist with a keen interest in the retail sector.

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