- Although experts in the field had known for years that South Africa was running out of electricity, the crisis which began in January 2008 came as a grave shock to most South Africans and – apparently – to government as well.
- The immediate causes of the blackouts were a dramatic decline in Eskom’s coal stockpile, unseasonably cold, wet weather and breakdowns at a very high proportion of Eskom’s power stations.
- But why had the coal stockpile been allowed to get so low? Why was it so difficult to keep power stations running? How did we get into this mess? And how can we put things right?
- The major cities were paralysed by traffic gridlock. Many food-processing enterprises lost their entire stock. At least one person died on the operating table.
- CDE invited senior government, business and trade union leaders together for a day-long round table discussion to find answers to these questions.The round table discussion was funded by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNSt).
Press release: There was something generated during SA’s electricity crisis after all: Myths