Eskom to Build Hydro Plants in Johannesburg

Eskom's proposed hydro-turbine in Brixton, Johannesburg.

Eskom’s proposed hydro-turbine in Brixton, Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG – In an effort to stave off the country’s alarming electricity crisis, South African power company Eskom announced plans to install hydroelectric generators in several Johannesburg streets.

These drastic measures will be implemented during a time in which the region is experiencing severe flooding due to heavy rain, further compounded by load shedding due to Eskom inefficiency. “All our coal got wet during the storm,” said Eskom’s Mandla Mbanga. “So we needed to strategise how we can turn this very bad thing into a very good thing. Now we are going to use the rain to our advantage.”

Eskom’s scheme includes making use of available infrastructure that is currently not being utilised, in order to make up for unavailable infrastructure that needs to be utilised.

“We have all these streets that can’t really be used by cars or pedestrians because of all the water, and we can’t let it go to waste,” explained Mbanga. “Especially not while the people don’t have electricity.

The electrifying venture has been named Project Surge. “We’ll be using the surge of rain to produce a surge of electricity,” remarked Mbanga

Some critics opposed the proposed plans, claiming that the generators will be useless once the rain stops.

Eskom remains adamant that the turbines will not become white elephants littered throughout the city. “We are very confident that, like our power cables, it will be stolen long before the storm is over,” Mbanga insisted.

The power company is showing the world how to take the root of a problem and turn it into a solution. “Here at Eskom we take the question, and answer it with the question.” BN

Manie Vokkens – Current Affairs

Manie Vokkens – Current Affairs

Manie enjoyed the privilege of Apartheid rule and never bothered to get a proper education. The regime change left him unskilled, unemployed and broke, so he settled for being a reporter. Now he’s only unskilled and broke.



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