Update on Energy Action Plan by NECOM. Photo: Eskom.

Eskom: Update on Energy Action Plan by NECOM

Eskom’s National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) released a Progress Report detailing its progress six months later


Update on Energy Action Plan by NECOM. Photo: Eskom.

Following the establishment of the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) to oversee the Energy Action Plan, a number of strides have been achieved.


On 25 July 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a bold set of actions to address load shedding and achieve energy security, and part of the plan was the establishment of NECOM.

The NECOM released a Progress Report detailing its progress six months later.

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The Report indicates:

1. Eskom has increased outage funding for the current financial year from R8.2 billion to R9.5 billion.

2. Weekly meetings are being held between Eskom and National Treasury to enable more agile procurement. Exemptions have been provided from local content designations for equipment such as transformers and insulators, to enable expedited procurement.

3. 18 skilled specialists have been brought back into Eskom to date, including three appointments of former Eskom employees at power station manager level for Kendal, Koeberg and Medupi. More than 1000 people have offered their skills through Eskom’s crowdsourcing platform.

4. Several law enforcement and security agencies are working together to address sabotage, theft and fraud at Eskom. A total of 67 cases are on the court roll and three have been finalised with a conviction. Arrests have been made for theft and sabotage at Camden, Matla and other power stations.

5. Various actions have been completed to streamline authorisation processes for energy projects, including:

  • Issued notice to exclude transmission infrastructure from the need to obtain an environmental authorisation country-wide in areas of low and medium environmental sensitivity and in strategic transmission corridors
  • Issued notice to exclude solar PV facilities from the need to obtain environmental authorisation within areas of low and medium environmental sensitivity for public comment.
  • Notice to expand scope and threshold of general authorisations for wind and solar projects to be published for public comment

6. A Bilateral Power Import Programme has been launched to secure imports of power to the country from neighbouring countries. So far, 200 MW has been secured as of September 2022 and a further 1 000 MW has been identified for 2023.

7. Eskom has launched an Emergency Generation Programme to procure additional power when the grid is significantly constrained.

8. Designated local content for solar panels has been reduced from 100% to 30% to alleviate constraints. 19 out of 25 projects from Bid Window 5 have signed project agreements to date for 1 800 MW of new capacity, and will now proceed to financial close and construction.