says Eskom There is a possibility that the rolling blackouts will intensify in the short term, depending on the condition of the plant and the availability of labor. The load shedding was moved from level 2 to level 4 on Friday and is expected to last until Wednesday.
Eskom blames the unprotected industrial action at several of its power plants for the transition to Stage 4 load shedding, as it disrupted planned maintenance and repair work.
On Friday, Eskom obtained a ban on the strike by its employees, who are considered essential service workers. Workers are demanding a 12% wage increase while Eskom says it can only afford a 4.7% increase.
Eskom spokesman Sikhonathi Mantshantsha says that at some stations not all workers have reported for duty.
“As a result, unplanned generation losses have not been reduced as planned, forcing Eskom to continue taking precautionary measures to preserve generation capacity and protect assets from damage. There is a possibility that the level of load shedding may need to be changed at short notice depending on the condition of the facility and the availability of manpower,” says Mantshantsha.
About 4,000 megawatts of generation capacity are at risk from the illegal strikes.
Mantshantsha says this has necessitated replenishing emergency power reserves to deal with unforeseen circumstances.
“Adequate contingency reserves are critical to address the generation deficit while also coping with generation units that may shut down due to unlawful acts and the inability to bring generation units back online in a timely manner. Protracted strike action could result in further damage and longer delays in bringing units back into service, which would compound an already constrained power system.”
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says Eskom is sacrificing workers’ wages for exorbitant primary energy and renewable energy contracts.
“Eskom has granted outrageous increases in primary energy during the same period during which workers have received no significant increase. Primary energy increased massively between 2017 and 2021; The cost of primary energy has increased from R85 billion to R116 billion. Eskom sacrifices workers’ wages, sacrifices social benefits, lies to the public and claims that workers’ demands will bring the company down when they are not,” said Numsa spokeswoman Phakamile-Hlubi Majola.
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