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Andre de Ruyter

Together Building the Powerbase for Sustainable Growth and Development

Eskom is a South African electricity public utility. Established by the government of South Africa, in 1923, as the Electricity Supply Commission today Eskom is the world's eleventh-largest power utility in terms of generating capacity and boasts the world's largest dry-cooling power station. Eskom Holdings generates, transports and distributes approximately 95% of South Africa's electricity, and 60% of the total electricity consumed on the African continent.

Eskom has a responsibility to the country to ensure that sustainable development becomes a reality. It plays a major role in accelerating growth in the South African economy by providing a high-quality supply of electricity to satisfy the needs of the country.

Development for Increased Capacity

Additional power stations and major power lines are being built on a massive scale to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Eskom's capacity expansion budget is R385 billion up to 2013 and is expected to grow to more than a trillion rand by 2026. Ultimately Eskom will double its capacity to 80 000MW by 2026.

Since the programme started in 2005, an additional 4453.5 MW has already been commissioned. The plan is to deliver an additional 16 304MW in power station capacity by 2017.

In 2006, Eskom received a licence to build the first new coal-fired power station in more than 20 years being Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Limpopo Province. An official sod turning took place on 14 August 2007 and to date terracing is approximately 60% complete and slip columns construction on the first two units is near complete.

On 29 February 2008 Eskom awarded contracts worth about R31,5 billion for its Kusile Power station, a coal-fired power station being built near Malahleni in Mpumalanga. This station is expected to be completed in late 2016. Terracing work begun in mid-2008 and the first unit is planned to be online during 2013.

Work is also progressing well on Ingula pumped storage scheme near Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, with a planned capacity of 1 352MW. The station is planned to be fully operational during 2013.

A team of more than 2 500 engineering, project management and commercial resources, supplemented by 19 local and foreign engineering and project management companies who are contracted as partners over the next ten years, is working full-steam on the build programme.

Renewable Energy
Government has introduced stretching targets for the introduction of renewable energy.

Solar water heating have been installed for a pilot study at a commercial building (consisting of 100 flats), a school for the disabled, and at an industrial client. These sites are utilized in an on-going valuation process to identify and quantify the achievable savings from the installation of solar water heating equipment. They are also utilized to quantify any effects on the customer's process. This data is currently being used to quantify the inclusion of solar water heating into the DSM Energy Efficiency program.

There is also currently a research project underway to evaluate the potential energy savings and financial benefits of residential solar water heating. The technology is very successful in South Africa and Eskom is assisting the SABS to test a variety of different domestic solar hot water systems in order to determine which suppliers would be best suited in future solar installations.


Sustainability at Eskom refers to providing affordable energy and related services through the integration and consideration of economic development, environmental quality and social equity into business practices in order to continually improve performance and underpin development. This allows us to take a long-term view and ensure that the scope of our work covers all relevant elements, assesses the practicality of implementation and includes issues such as technology development and deployment, quality, risk, safety and skills development
Full Name of Company: Eskom Holdings Limited
Nature of Business: Vertically Integrated Electricity Public Utility
Services / Products: Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity.
Date Established: 1923
Subsidaries: Eskom Enterprises SOC Ltd, Escap SOC Ltd, Eskom Finance Company SOC Ltd, Eskom
Development Foundation NPC
Auditors / Accountants: KPMG and SizweNtsalubaGobodo
Advertising Agency: Blueprint and other specialist agencies
BEE Status: Level 3

Together building the powerbase for sustainable growth and development.

Key Personnel
CEO: Andre de Ruyter

Eskom Corporate Head Office
Physical Address: Eskom, Megawatt, Maxwell Drive, Sandton, Sunninghill, 2000
Postal Address: Eskom Park, PO Box 1091, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)11 800 8111

Eastern Region (KwaZulu-Natal) Westville CC
SMS messages only 083 647 1951 or 082 941 3707 or 084 655 5778
Tel: +27 (0)31 204 5600

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Eskom is a South African electricity public utility. Established by the government of South Africa, in 1923, as the Electricity Supply Commission today Eskom is the world's eleventh-largest power utility in terms of generating capacity, and boasts the world's largest dry-cooling power station

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