Chris Yelland

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Chris Yelland said : “Statistically, the probability of load-shedding should decrease [during SA’s lockdown]. But if there is a series of breakdowns at Eskom, as has happened in the past, it’s not inconceivable,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “This power station is extremely old and not very efficient, and certainly not operating anywhere near full capacity,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 21, 2020 5:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If there is political will, it could be done in months. But if you look at the past, they’ve been talking about amending the flawed schedule 2 [of the act] since 2017,” External link

businessday Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “his apparent unwillingness to address the deep financial problems facing Necsa,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I am not sure if this the right appointment. It’s wait-and-see at the moment, but I am filled with a kind of foreboding,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It is better to do proper maintenance on an ongoing basis. But this means switching off generation units to do the maintenance. If unplanned breakdowns are too high, there are some times only three choices: reduce planned maintenance, or operate the very expensive OCGTs (open cycle gas turbines), or face load shedding which costs the economy much more,” “But if you cut maintenance this is only a short-term solution, because it leads to more unplanned breakdowns” External link

citizen Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “This move now seems to head in the opposite direction, returning to market dominance by a select few companies that take the lion’s share of Eskom’s business. This accounts for some 120 million tons a year out of a total production of about 250 million tons a year in South Africa,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:53:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "The figures show Medupi costing an estimated total of R146bn, and Kusile R161bn. The point I am making is that those figures appear in the Eskom statements of 2018-19 and they are very, very, very misleading figures," External link

news24 Friday, August 30, 2019 12:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Just because it’s in the IRP doesn’t mean it’s going to happen,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “They would also need the buy-in of all stakeholders and gain sufficient consensus to succeed in both the transition phase and end state. Right now the stakeholders have different voices and nothing is happening, so 18 months is a bit over-optimistic,” “Even if Eskom planned to rearrange itself to being three subsidiaries, it would still be optimistic to say they would achieve this in 18 months. It would be the first step but there are still several other steps that need to be taken. We need to be realistic” External link

citizen Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The cash bailout helps the liquidity crisis at Eskom for a while, but does not address the underlying issues. This is not the first Eskom bailout and it will not be the last, until the underlying structural inefficiencies and problems are addressed,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom is burning cash, and there is no clear plan on how to deal with this. Eskom needs to increase revenue or reduce operating costs, or both,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The province is saying if they lose this case, they will challenge it in the Constitutional Court because they feel it will be unconstitutional to deny municipalities the right to arrange the best deals for their citizens and they feel that they could either generate or procure electricity from IPP at cheaper prices than Eskom,” “All major metros are looking very closely at the outcome of this court challenge because many other municipalities want to do the same, this is not a party political issue but rather one around service delivery at local government level and I believe the consequences for the electricity sector will be very significant if Cape Town wins” External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The country faces a big drought problem, which has affected electricity generation at the Kariba Dam with low water levels – something which has affected power generation at its hydropower station,” External link

citizen Monday, July 1, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “South Africa does not want to be paid in Zim dollars, but in US dollars or in rands,” External link

citizen Monday, July 1, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland warned : “So, after the bailout, the hole will continue to grow again until the root causes are addressed,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “This is a recipe for inaction while the elephants do battle,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “provide a platform for energy to be bought from a number of different generating companies in a competitive environment based on economic principles” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “These areas have good infrastructure, schools, communities, clinics and roads, they are ideal for re-industrialisation into new industries,” “We have to recognise the important role that these communities played in the previous development of South Africa. We have to make sure that we don’t neglect them and allow them to decline because then they become festering wounds” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland says ( about Jan Smuts ) : “South Africa has had several great state-owned enterprises from the era of the National Party and even before that, with Jan Smuts. Some, like Iscor, Sasol, Telkom and Eskom, all came from that era and then it was seen as a way towards serving the needs of a sovereign country,” “Iscor today doesn’t exist as it used to… It was a state entity. It used to have three divisions [steel, coal and iron ore], just like Eskom and it was a vertically integrated monopoly. Today is it broken up into three listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Standard has explicitly stated it will not be funding Thabametsi or Khanyisa. It is a significant move by all the banks as they are under pressure not to finance independent coal power producers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said ( about Pravin Gordhan ) : “Nobody knows the levels of unplanned blackouts. A classic example are the past few weeks when the utility experienced numerous boiler tube leaks and the same time and Cyclone Idai took off more than a 1000KW off the grid. This saw Eskom going to stage four load shedding to avoid system shutdown,” “Mogoro must not be happy with the blanket undertaking by the government to limit any load shedding to stage one as he is in no position to comply. Gordhan’s undertaking is all talk, but no engineering” External link

iol Friday, April 5, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom would normally shut them down because it does damage to run with boiler leaks, but that would mean a further loss of up to 1,500MW from the grid,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland noted : “Eskom has said this will carry on until Wednesday. The problems are not going to be solved overnight,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Unlock the policy, regulatory and legal constraints preventing municipalities from generating electricity for their own residents and customers, or from contracting with IPPs to supply electricity to municipalities,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “you need to service it (generator) now and again, like you would service a car. You have to be sure that at all times it is ready and working when the power fails unexpectedly,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 15, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It will take years to sort out the problems that have built up," External link

4-traders Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:57:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "Eskom’s energy availability factor is about 64% at the moment, when it should be 80%," External link

businessday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Problems in the boilers and dust handling plants can be technically traced back to the construction phase,” “There are regular trip-outs and partial load losses leading to generation not giving out the expected 800MW output from each unit” External link

citizen Monday, February 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It is not unusual to experience teething problems during the construction of a new power plant, but these should have been long resolved before the handing over of the plant for commercial use,” “The huge cost of R2 billion for 13 hours daily in the country’s productive economy due to the stage 2 load shedding of 2,000MW is something that could have been averted. Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer has also gone on record in confirming that lack of quality skills has kept him awake at night” External link

citizen Monday, February 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “He is the discredited former head of generation and former CEO of Eskom who resigned in disgrace rather than face extremely serious charges against him, including lying to Parliament and a deplorable role in the Tegeta scandal. I would suggest that Mr Koko desist from his misplaced and unsolicited advice to Eskom, move on and concentrate on preparing for the very serious legal charges he is likely to face in due course,” External link

iol Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I believe they are only a start and are still going to move to other levels,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 7:45:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The value of their coal has increased, they are paying more on loans and are spending less on maintenance, which is not sustainable,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 7:45:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I believe they are only a start and are still going to move to other levels,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The value of their coal has increased, they are paying more on loans and are spending less on maintenance, which is not sustainable,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom needs to increase its productivity. Usually, a company would work towards increasing its productivity and reducing its staffing in the long run, but in the past 10 years, Eskom has done the complete opposite by increasing its staffing, while its output productivity has declined tremendously,” “While this move by Eskom is a signal that they are right-sizing, this is just one of the pressing issues Eskom needs to deal with to get its business back on track, including coal costs, interest bill, municipal debts and more” External link

citizen Monday, December 24, 2018 9:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “Personally, I think the EFF is running scared because there are people with great integrity on this team,” External link

citizen Wednesday, December 19, 2018 5:01:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The future of Eskom should not be decided by Eskom itself who have a complete vested interest in the status quo. Remember their status quo is that of a monopoly generator and transmission company. I think it is vital that the other stakeholders should be engaged,” External link

mg Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said ( about Brian Dames ) : “A lot of people in business have got directorships in different companies and interests in a lot of companies. For me, it is not the conflict of interest that is the problem it is if the conflict of interest is not declared or is hidden or is not common knowledge, and that cannot be said about Brian Dames,” External link

mg Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “Personally, I think the EFF is running scared because there are people with great integrity on this team,” External link

citizen Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "For consumers, there is no recourse at this stage. [But] these reports have sensitised the public to be more concerned and to make its voice heard," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “PV solar and wind are also significantly more affordable and lower than Medupi which comes in at R1.05 and Kusile at R1.16 kw/h, respectively,” External link

news24 Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “I’ve not the slightest doubt that Eskom and Nersa will appeal all the way” External link

iol Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom is starting to see the writing on the wall and it is panicking. Huge costs were sunk into these mega-builds but now there may be no sufficient demand,” “The [demand] cake is getting smaller, and they are saying they don’t need any more power from IPPs” External link

mg Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It’s about whether South Africa takes its commitments around the environmental issues seriously or not” External link

mg Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “seems determined to personalise things, perhaps in order to deflect attention from the real issues,” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "There is a conflict of interest," "The country needs diversification of primary power generators" External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It's about economics and flexibility," "Least cost and least regret. Can we afford nuclear? I don't believe studies on the levellised cost of power from nuclear versus diversified sources are receiving the public attention they deserve" External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland says : “Certainly, a place like Joburg, which is reasonably dense and has a broad spectrum of customer classes, is much more viable than a small municipality that has no commercial and industrial base and doesn’t have the money to provide basic services,” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland says : “That’s what city politics is all about - what is your strategy, who are your customers, whom are you trying to serve,” “Ultimately, it’s a big balancing act, to try to get the right balance, to achieve the most, and in that way get political mileage and be re-elected. It’s the way a council is held accountable, through elections” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland explained : “The point is that there’s rapidly increasing urban density, whether in Soweto, Diepsloot, Ruimsig or Roodepoort … in the informal settlements all around Joburg and Gauteng and electricity consumption is higher than the desired levels that the distribution network was designed for,” External link

iol Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:04:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It is very important to generate the electricity closer to where it is used ... it is much better to have different energy options. At the moment we are too dependent on Eskom and coal, which is a big problem in itself. If the price of coal goes through the roof, for example, then we are in trouble," External link

bdlive Monday, March 16, 2015 10:41:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It is very important to generate the electricity closer to where it is used ... it is much better to have different energy options. At the moment we are too dependent on Eskom and coal, which is a big problem in itself. If the price of coal goes through the roof, for example, then we are in trouble," External link

businessday Monday, March 16, 2015 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If it is truly independent, I think it will be a good thing,” “The government do have a white paper on energy policy” External link

news24 Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland asked : “Will government be able to do any better,” “It is constrained by what it can do based on its own ideological positions [that ensures a vertically integrated Eskom]” External link

news24 Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “What I see here are a whole bunch of initiatives that result in a whole lot of increased prices. I don’t see they are addressing any of the fundamental issues, the structural issues” External link

mg Friday, February 27, 2015 9:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “When demand exceeds supply, if you just leave it, things are going to start tripping out automatically because behind the manual load shedding system is an automatic so-called under-frequency load shedding system and this now takes out all the discretion away from the operator,” External link

news24 Monday, February 16, 2015 1:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “So, the first line of defence is a manual load shedding process; this is the command process from national control,” External link

news24 Monday, February 16, 2015 1:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “He said he had in fact received an email and he indicated that Eskom’s key account manager had emailed him requesting that key customers should reduce electricity demand by 15% between 18:00 and 21:00 tonight,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “You may remember that Eskom acknowledged in its also press briefing that it had been subjected to and it had engaged in what it considered to be politically-motivated decisions to keep the lights on at all costs during the World Cup and during the lead up to the general elections last year,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Matonsa indicated that those kind of political decisions to keep the lights on at all costs would not happen again, that now Eskom would be doing maintenance by the book and would not allow such political considerations to be a part of its decision making,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If this did not happen, there would have been nowhere for the energy generated by the reactor to go and the temperature inside the reactor would have soared immediately,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : ”The fact is, Koeberg did exactly as it should have by shutting down the unit. This proves that the systems work properly,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The unit is now shut down until May for scheduled maintenance, so one cannot count it as a cost to the economy. But it was down for a week unscheduled and if you take the delivery of electricity at R100 a kilowatt-hour at 900MW for 12 hours over seven days, it comes to a loss of R7.5 bn,” “To replace the loss, Eskom has had to run its open cycle gas turbines on diesel at a cost of R3.50 per kW/h for 12 hours a day for seven days” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “No longer is coal a source of cheap energy for South Africa. It is also becoming a burden because of the CO2 emissions and the carbon footprint of Eskom - which is huge. There are a lot of good reasons why we should diversify away from coal and also a lot of good reasons, in my opinion, to diversify away from a single monopoly electricity supplier, especially one that is in financial trouble, operational trouble and has environmental problems because of this dependence on coal,” External link

voanews Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Because the cost is not ring-fenced, it is difficult to get a grip on it” “But added interest during construction can easily account for 25% of the construction cost. It’s a huge cost because Eskom is using borrowed money, not equity” External link

mg Friday, February 6, 2015 1:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “They see that the introduction of the bill would be a precursor to the unbundling of Eskom, separating it into a generation, transmission and distribution unit,” “Ideologically, it seems that is unacceptable [for the ANC],” External link

news24 Monday, February 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM EAT



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Chris Yelland

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Chris Yelland said : “Statistically, the probability of load-shedding should decrease [during SA’s lockdown]. But if there is a series of breakdowns at Eskom, as has happened in the past, it’s not inconceivable,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “This power station is extremely old and not very efficient, and certainly not operating anywhere near full capacity,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 21, 2020 5:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If there is political will, it could be done in months. But if you look at the past, they’ve been talking about amending the flawed schedule 2 [of the act] since 2017,” External link

businessday Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “his apparent unwillingness to address the deep financial problems facing Necsa,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I am not sure if this the right appointment. It’s wait-and-see at the moment, but I am filled with a kind of foreboding,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It is better to do proper maintenance on an ongoing basis. But this means switching off generation units to do the maintenance. If unplanned breakdowns are too high, there are some times only three choices: reduce planned maintenance, or operate the very expensive OCGTs (open cycle gas turbines), or face load shedding which costs the economy much more,” “But if you cut maintenance this is only a short-term solution, because it leads to more unplanned breakdowns” External link

citizen Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “This move now seems to head in the opposite direction, returning to market dominance by a select few companies that take the lion’s share of Eskom’s business. This accounts for some 120 million tons a year out of a total production of about 250 million tons a year in South Africa,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:53:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "The figures show Medupi costing an estimated total of R146bn, and Kusile R161bn. The point I am making is that those figures appear in the Eskom statements of 2018-19 and they are very, very, very misleading figures," External link

news24 Friday, August 30, 2019 12:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Just because it’s in the IRP doesn’t mean it’s going to happen,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “They would also need the buy-in of all stakeholders and gain sufficient consensus to succeed in both the transition phase and end state. Right now the stakeholders have different voices and nothing is happening, so 18 months is a bit over-optimistic,” “Even if Eskom planned to rearrange itself to being three subsidiaries, it would still be optimistic to say they would achieve this in 18 months. It would be the first step but there are still several other steps that need to be taken. We need to be realistic” External link

citizen Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The cash bailout helps the liquidity crisis at Eskom for a while, but does not address the underlying issues. This is not the first Eskom bailout and it will not be the last, until the underlying structural inefficiencies and problems are addressed,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom is burning cash, and there is no clear plan on how to deal with this. Eskom needs to increase revenue or reduce operating costs, or both,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The province is saying if they lose this case, they will challenge it in the Constitutional Court because they feel it will be unconstitutional to deny municipalities the right to arrange the best deals for their citizens and they feel that they could either generate or procure electricity from IPP at cheaper prices than Eskom,” “All major metros are looking very closely at the outcome of this court challenge because many other municipalities want to do the same, this is not a party political issue but rather one around service delivery at local government level and I believe the consequences for the electricity sector will be very significant if Cape Town wins” External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The country faces a big drought problem, which has affected electricity generation at the Kariba Dam with low water levels – something which has affected power generation at its hydropower station,” External link

citizen Monday, July 1, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “South Africa does not want to be paid in Zim dollars, but in US dollars or in rands,” External link

citizen Monday, July 1, 2019 11:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland warned : “So, after the bailout, the hole will continue to grow again until the root causes are addressed,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “This is a recipe for inaction while the elephants do battle,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “provide a platform for energy to be bought from a number of different generating companies in a competitive environment based on economic principles” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “These areas have good infrastructure, schools, communities, clinics and roads, they are ideal for re-industrialisation into new industries,” “We have to recognise the important role that these communities played in the previous development of South Africa. We have to make sure that we don’t neglect them and allow them to decline because then they become festering wounds” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland says ( about Jan Smuts ) : “South Africa has had several great state-owned enterprises from the era of the National Party and even before that, with Jan Smuts. Some, like Iscor, Sasol, Telkom and Eskom, all came from that era and then it was seen as a way towards serving the needs of a sovereign country,” “Iscor today doesn’t exist as it used to… It was a state entity. It used to have three divisions [steel, coal and iron ore], just like Eskom and it was a vertically integrated monopoly. Today is it broken up into three listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Standard has explicitly stated it will not be funding Thabametsi or Khanyisa. It is a significant move by all the banks as they are under pressure not to finance independent coal power producers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said ( about Pravin Gordhan ) : “Nobody knows the levels of unplanned blackouts. A classic example are the past few weeks when the utility experienced numerous boiler tube leaks and the same time and Cyclone Idai took off more than a 1000KW off the grid. This saw Eskom going to stage four load shedding to avoid system shutdown,” “Mogoro must not be happy with the blanket undertaking by the government to limit any load shedding to stage one as he is in no position to comply. Gordhan’s undertaking is all talk, but no engineering” External link

iol Friday, April 5, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom would normally shut them down because it does damage to run with boiler leaks, but that would mean a further loss of up to 1,500MW from the grid,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland noted : “Eskom has said this will carry on until Wednesday. The problems are not going to be solved overnight,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Unlock the policy, regulatory and legal constraints preventing municipalities from generating electricity for their own residents and customers, or from contracting with IPPs to supply electricity to municipalities,” External link

citizen Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “you need to service it (generator) now and again, like you would service a car. You have to be sure that at all times it is ready and working when the power fails unexpectedly,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 15, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It will take years to sort out the problems that have built up," External link

4-traders Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:57:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "Eskom’s energy availability factor is about 64% at the moment, when it should be 80%," External link

businessday Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Problems in the boilers and dust handling plants can be technically traced back to the construction phase,” “There are regular trip-outs and partial load losses leading to generation not giving out the expected 800MW output from each unit” External link

citizen Monday, February 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It is not unusual to experience teething problems during the construction of a new power plant, but these should have been long resolved before the handing over of the plant for commercial use,” “The huge cost of R2 billion for 13 hours daily in the country’s productive economy due to the stage 2 load shedding of 2,000MW is something that could have been averted. Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer has also gone on record in confirming that lack of quality skills has kept him awake at night” External link

citizen Monday, February 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “He is the discredited former head of generation and former CEO of Eskom who resigned in disgrace rather than face extremely serious charges against him, including lying to Parliament and a deplorable role in the Tegeta scandal. I would suggest that Mr Koko desist from his misplaced and unsolicited advice to Eskom, move on and concentrate on preparing for the very serious legal charges he is likely to face in due course,” External link

iol Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I believe they are only a start and are still going to move to other levels,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 7:45:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The value of their coal has increased, they are paying more on loans and are spending less on maintenance, which is not sustainable,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 7:45:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “I believe they are only a start and are still going to move to other levels,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The value of their coal has increased, they are paying more on loans and are spending less on maintenance, which is not sustainable,” External link

iol Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom needs to increase its productivity. Usually, a company would work towards increasing its productivity and reducing its staffing in the long run, but in the past 10 years, Eskom has done the complete opposite by increasing its staffing, while its output productivity has declined tremendously,” “While this move by Eskom is a signal that they are right-sizing, this is just one of the pressing issues Eskom needs to deal with to get its business back on track, including coal costs, interest bill, municipal debts and more” External link

citizen Monday, December 24, 2018 9:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “Personally, I think the EFF is running scared because there are people with great integrity on this team,” External link

citizen Wednesday, December 19, 2018 5:01:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The future of Eskom should not be decided by Eskom itself who have a complete vested interest in the status quo. Remember their status quo is that of a monopoly generator and transmission company. I think it is vital that the other stakeholders should be engaged,” External link

mg Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said ( about Brian Dames ) : “A lot of people in business have got directorships in different companies and interests in a lot of companies. For me, it is not the conflict of interest that is the problem it is if the conflict of interest is not declared or is hidden or is not common knowledge, and that cannot be said about Brian Dames,” External link

mg Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “Personally, I think the EFF is running scared because there are people with great integrity on this team,” External link

citizen Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "For consumers, there is no recourse at this stage. [But] these reports have sensitised the public to be more concerned and to make its voice heard," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “PV solar and wind are also significantly more affordable and lower than Medupi which comes in at R1.05 and Kusile at R1.16 kw/h, respectively,” External link

news24 Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland added : “I’ve not the slightest doubt that Eskom and Nersa will appeal all the way” External link

iol Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Eskom is starting to see the writing on the wall and it is panicking. Huge costs were sunk into these mega-builds but now there may be no sufficient demand,” “The [demand] cake is getting smaller, and they are saying they don’t need any more power from IPPs” External link

mg Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “It’s about whether South Africa takes its commitments around the environmental issues seriously or not” External link

mg Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “seems determined to personalise things, perhaps in order to deflect attention from the real issues,” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "There is a conflict of interest," "The country needs diversification of primary power generators" External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It's about economics and flexibility," "Least cost and least regret. Can we afford nuclear? I don't believe studies on the levellised cost of power from nuclear versus diversified sources are receiving the public attention they deserve" External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland says : “Certainly, a place like Joburg, which is reasonably dense and has a broad spectrum of customer classes, is much more viable than a small municipality that has no commercial and industrial base and doesn’t have the money to provide basic services,” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland says : “That’s what city politics is all about - what is your strategy, who are your customers, whom are you trying to serve,” “Ultimately, it’s a big balancing act, to try to get the right balance, to achieve the most, and in that way get political mileage and be re-elected. It’s the way a council is held accountable, through elections” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland explained : “The point is that there’s rapidly increasing urban density, whether in Soweto, Diepsloot, Ruimsig or Roodepoort … in the informal settlements all around Joburg and Gauteng and electricity consumption is higher than the desired levels that the distribution network was designed for,” External link

iol Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:04:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It is very important to generate the electricity closer to where it is used ... it is much better to have different energy options. At the moment we are too dependent on Eskom and coal, which is a big problem in itself. If the price of coal goes through the roof, for example, then we are in trouble," External link

bdlive Monday, March 16, 2015 10:41:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : "It is very important to generate the electricity closer to where it is used ... it is much better to have different energy options. At the moment we are too dependent on Eskom and coal, which is a big problem in itself. If the price of coal goes through the roof, for example, then we are in trouble," External link

businessday Monday, March 16, 2015 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If it is truly independent, I think it will be a good thing,” “The government do have a white paper on energy policy” External link

news24 Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland asked : “Will government be able to do any better,” “It is constrained by what it can do based on its own ideological positions [that ensures a vertically integrated Eskom]” External link

news24 Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “What I see here are a whole bunch of initiatives that result in a whole lot of increased prices. I don’t see they are addressing any of the fundamental issues, the structural issues” External link

mg Friday, February 27, 2015 9:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “When demand exceeds supply, if you just leave it, things are going to start tripping out automatically because behind the manual load shedding system is an automatic so-called under-frequency load shedding system and this now takes out all the discretion away from the operator,” External link

news24 Monday, February 16, 2015 1:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “So, the first line of defence is a manual load shedding process; this is the command process from national control,” External link

news24 Monday, February 16, 2015 1:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland told : “He said he had in fact received an email and he indicated that Eskom’s key account manager had emailed him requesting that key customers should reduce electricity demand by 15% between 18:00 and 21:00 tonight,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “You may remember that Eskom acknowledged in its also press briefing that it had been subjected to and it had engaged in what it considered to be politically-motivated decisions to keep the lights on at all costs during the World Cup and during the lead up to the general elections last year,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Matonsa indicated that those kind of political decisions to keep the lights on at all costs would not happen again, that now Eskom would be doing maintenance by the book and would not allow such political considerations to be a part of its decision making,” External link

news24 Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “If this did not happen, there would have been nowhere for the energy generated by the reactor to go and the temperature inside the reactor would have soared immediately,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : ”The fact is, Koeberg did exactly as it should have by shutting down the unit. This proves that the systems work properly,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “The unit is now shut down until May for scheduled maintenance, so one cannot count it as a cost to the economy. But it was down for a week unscheduled and if you take the delivery of electricity at R100 a kilowatt-hour at 900MW for 12 hours over seven days, it comes to a loss of R7.5 bn,” “To replace the loss, Eskom has had to run its open cycle gas turbines on diesel at a cost of R3.50 per kW/h for 12 hours a day for seven days” External link

iol Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “No longer is coal a source of cheap energy for South Africa. It is also becoming a burden because of the CO2 emissions and the carbon footprint of Eskom - which is huge. There are a lot of good reasons why we should diversify away from coal and also a lot of good reasons, in my opinion, to diversify away from a single monopoly electricity supplier, especially one that is in financial trouble, operational trouble and has environmental problems because of this dependence on coal,” External link

voanews Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “Because the cost is not ring-fenced, it is difficult to get a grip on it” “But added interest during construction can easily account for 25% of the construction cost. It’s a huge cost because Eskom is using borrowed money, not equity” External link

mg Friday, February 6, 2015 1:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Yelland said : “They see that the introduction of the bill would be a precursor to the unbundling of Eskom, separating it into a generation, transmission and distribution unit,” “Ideologically, it seems that is unacceptable [for the ANC],” External link

news24 Monday, February 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM EAT



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sector analyst1.64%EN08/30/201730/08/2017
editor13.11%EN08/10/201710/08/2017
expert37.70%EN07/29/201729/07/2017
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Chris YellandFR5.56%
Chris YellandAF1.11%


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