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The amount of private renewable energy being replaced by Eskom is gob|smacking |André de Ruyter



The amount of private renewable energy being replaced by Eskom is gob|smacking |André de Ruyter

The amount of private renewable energy being replaced by Eskom is gob|smacking |André de Ruyter .Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter expresses concerns about the growing influence of private renewable power, leading to the potential replacement of Eskom by the private sector.

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Surge in Private Renewable Investments

Since the removal of the cap on private generation capacity, substantial investments have been directed toward renewable energy projects. De Ruyter notes a staggering 66,000 MW of renewable projects in the pipeline, surpassing Eskom’s installed capacity by 25%.

Private Sector Autonomy in the Electricity Industry

De Ruyter warns that without proactive engagement on political and energy transition issues, the private sector may autonomously shape and privatize the electricity industry, leaving Eskom behind.

Eskom Future Customer Base and Off-Grid Trend

Anticipating future trends, De Ruyter suggests that Eskom might be left with a customer base comprising those who cannot afford electricity, as major customers transition off-grid to reduce reliance on Eskom.

Job Losses and Just Energy Transition Framework

Concerns raised about potential job losses in coal-centric regions if a green transition is not carefully managed. De Ruyter emphasizes the need for a Just Energy Transition framework to mitigate these challenges and create attractive investments in local communities.

Supporting Data by RMB Chief Economist Isaah Mhlanga

Isaah Mhlanga, RMB chief economist, supports De Ruyter’s claims with data. He predicts a reduction in the impact of load-shedding by 2025 as the private sector increases energy production.

Rise of Rooftop Solar Installations

After the deregulation of electricity generation, households and corporations rapidly adopt rooftop solar. South Africa experiences a surge in solar installations, with over 4,400 MW installed outside government-procured projects, expected to increase by 420%.

Private Sector Contribution to the Grid

RMB estimates that the private sector will add over 6,000 MW to the grid from 2023 to 2025 and an additional 19,300 MW from 2025 to 2030. This substantial contribution is expected to offset Eskom’s declining energy supply, reducing the likelihood of severe load-shedding.

Economic Resilience Against Load|Shedding

Mhlanga notes that corporate reliance on private energy sources during load-shedding will significantly reduce the economic impact, emphasizing the resilience brought about by private sector investments in renewable energy.


Eskom faces a significant challenge as private renewable power surges, potentially leading to its replacement. Proactive measures are needed to navigate the energy transition, safeguard jobs, and ensure economic resilience.

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