Stage 4 Loadshedding for Entire Weekend Triggered by Labour Protest Action

  • Due to the ongoing unprotected labour action, Eskom has announced that it is compelled to take precautionary actions to conserve emergency generation reserves by implementing Stage 4 loadshedding from 11am today and again on Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 am until midnight.

The state owned energy utility explains that it is necessary to bolster emergency generation reserves to react to unforeseen circumstances, as well as to replenish emergency reserves to prepare for the week ahead. This would help fill the generation deficit while dealing with generating units that may trip amidst the disturbances and compensate for the inability to return generating units timeously to service.

While exploring possible solutions to unlock the deadlock with the unions, Eskom appeals to its labour partners and striking employees to embrace the higher purpose of putting the people of South Africa first, respect the law and to desist from illegal and undemocratic conduct.

Labour unions engage in protest action at nine of Eskom’s coal fired power plants yesterday, blocking access roads, which has continued today. Read more

Eskom reports that it currently has 2 766MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 395MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

The utility is also regularly exposed to acts of sabotage at their power plants. Read more 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom

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