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Instead, businesses and individuals are turning to diesel- generated power. The country's most expensive shopping district, Sandton City, is considering spending 80 million rand ($11 million) on a generator to keep the doors open at retailers such as Cartier, MontBlanc and Accessorize. Several of the shops shut last week because of power outages.
In the third quarter of 2007, South Africans imported 44,590 generators, according to the South African Reserve Bank. That compares with 790 in the third quarter of 2003.
After a four-year delay in approving new power plants, Eskom in 2004 began a 300 billion rand expansion program. The first major new plant won't begin producing power until around 2012....
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"...A new organization based in Pamplico is making its voice heard in the discussion over the proposed Santee Cooper coal-fired power plant.The Pee Dee Supporters for Progress announced its formation Tuesday as an organization advocating for the proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant to be located in Kingsburg on what’s being called the Pee Dee Energy Campus.Ricky Hardee, a local businessman and co-chairman of the group, said the group members want to make the opinions of the community known to everyone outside of the Pamplico area.“We wanted to give a voice to the local citizens here about our support of the Pee Dee Energy Campus coming to our community,” he said.Although Hardee grew up in Pamplico, he said, he moved away in 1979 only to return to his hometown a few years ago. And seeing his hometown grow has become an important issue for Hardee, along with many of the other members of the organization, leading to their support of the much-debated power plant...."