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Power utility can’t keep its own HQ lights on amid pay protests

‘Power supply has just been ‘mysteriously’ cut off at Eskom head office Megawatt Park,’- Eskom spokesperson.

While South Africans worry about the prospect of blackouts thanks to protests at power utility Eskom, the company’s own office lights just went out.

Workers are picketing at the northern Johannesburg headquarters, as well as blocking the entrance to power stations around the country after Eskom, which supplies almost all of South Africa’s power, insisted it can’t afford a pay increase this year.

“Power supply has just been ‘mysteriously’ cut off at Eskom head office Megawatt Park,” spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said on Twitter.

The state-owned company, which got a new board and chief executive officer this year, is struggling to overcome years of poor management and financial performance amid a series of corruption scandals. Protesting workers have hindered access to some power plants and executives said they can’t guarantee that power supply will be maintained.

Legally the workers aren’t allowed to strike because the provision of electricity is considered an essential service.

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If they are not allowed to strike, they are breaking the law. Arrest them.

If the police don’t want to arrest them, fire the police and replace them with people who will do their jobs and uphold the country’s laws.

If the government doesn’t want to fire the police who aren’t doing their jobs, replace the ministers (or the entire government) with people who can be counted on to do their jobs and look after the welfare of ordinary citizens.

It really is that simple. One step at a time.

Otherwise we carry on slipping into a criminal state of anarchy where nobody is safe and foreign investors take their money and run, leading to another cycle of poor economic results, no increases, more strikes…

Eskom Megawatt Park buidling must surely have sufficient roof space for a grid-tie PV-solar system, with large battery-bank in one of their large basements.

Why not get a (non-BEE) private installer do it for their HQ, and then Eskom can set the example for the rest of country how to operate a green building 🙂

The SUN is your friend…

Doesn’t this office block have green power yet? Siss!

Check your power box, the earth may have tripped

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