A mixture of unit breakdowns, lack of diesel reserves and labour action means Eskom has no choice however to transfer to stage 4 load shedding over the weekend, says chief working officer Jan Oberholzer
In a media briefing on Friday afternoon (24 June), Oberholzer stated the continued industrial action was a specific concern, because it could lead on to additional energy cuts if the illegal exercise continues to happen and unfold.
Oberholzer stated a number of of the corporate’s energy stations – together with Matla, Duvha and Medupi – are presently grappling with an unlawful strike which had pressured full exercise on the vegetation to successfully cease.
He added that a number of energy stations shouldn’t have the required human sources to run safely or effectively, whereas different a number of employees have been intimidated and threatened from working. Eskom has subsequently taken preventative measures to decrease era output in order that no harm happens at its vegetation.
Ought to these legal acts proceed to persist, and proceed to unfold, the chance of load shedding may very well be moved previous stage 4 to higher phases, he stated.
Eskom stated that as many 100 employees had blocked roads to its services illegally at varied energy stations on Friday, which successfully stopped greater than 200 hundred employees from getting into its vegetation. A number of employees had additionally been intimidated into staying at dwelling.
The ability utility stated that no commerce union has commented on the strike, highlighting its unprotected and illegal nature, with an interdict granted to cease any additional action. Because the strike is against the law, Eskom has threatened to take disciplinary action towards workers appearing unlawfully.
Eskom introduced load shedding might be moved to stage 4 from 11h00 on Friday (24 June) till 00h00. On Saturday and Sunday, stage 4 load shedding might be carried out from 05h00 till 00h00.
“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,” the facility utility stated.
“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.”