Eskom’s mandate, as I understood it, was to install 1 000 000 solar water heaters, and this initiative evolved the rebate system, which, in essence, failed to achieve any plausible success. Now we have a contract system.
Who are the big contractors and will they then sell to the small contractors? Will anybody just import and call ‘himself’ a big contractor?
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies spelt out at an African National Congress function, in Durban, that the importation of solar water heaters will be strongly dissuaded and local production must be enhanced to meet his goal of installing 1 000 000 solar water heaters over the next few years.
Did Eskom undertake a study or analyse why its rebate system really failed? Are there any other reasons for terminating the rebate system, such as financial constraints? It is amazing to see the number of solar water heater suppliers on the Eskom website. One gets the impression that South Africa is the leading solar water heater country in the world. This is so shamefully untrue.
Personally, I cannot see this contract and tender system working except for encouraging tenderpreneurship and related nepotism and cronyism, for which the country is gatvol.