Eskom extends Stage 6 load shedding

As many employees fail to report to work, despite calls by unions for them to do so.

Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 6 load shedding on Thursday from 14:00 to midnight, followed by Stage 4 until 05:00 on Friday – this as worker absenteeism remains high, making it difficult for the utility to conduct routine maintenance on its systems and other operational requirements.

Stage 6 will continue throughout Friday from 05:00, and a minimum of Stage 4 is to be expected continuously over the weekend.

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According to the power utility, the workers who are reporting to work continue to face intimidation from disgruntled Eskom employees, despite the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan calling for their return to work on Tuesday.

Owing to the illegal and unprotected wage strike – which began on 22 June – Eskom says there has been widespread disruption to its power plants, and it is still unable to return some generators to service, adding that the load shedding escalation is the only option it has to protect its systems.

The utility has also warned consumers that the risk to further adjust load shedding schedules remains.

Eskom systems are currently highly compromised, with 3 161 megawatts (MW) of capacity out on planned maintenance while a further 17 467MW unavailable due to breakdowns.

The utility has called on union members to return to work, as they are legally obligated to do, to aid in the system’s recovery.

“The unlawful strike has a serious detrimental impact not only on Eskom, but also on the broader South African public and economy,” it added.

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Dear NUMSA and Eksdom – Please keep on striking !!
We love the absence of light pollution in the night sky, the crackle of the braai fire and the soft glow of our candles !!
#Voertsekman !!!

NUMSA has a lot to answer for in contributing to South Africa’s woes.

Did anyone with slightly more than half a brain expect anything else when a nation was handed over in 1994 to a bunch of “revolutionaries” with not a single academic, business man or economist of any standard amongst them?

I didn’t … and no, I didn’t vote for them.

The opposing powers in the corridors of Luthuli House, have together over the years, nurtured one of the most hostile and militant work environments probably in the world.

It beggars belief at the arrogance of these politicians, when they come out and repeatedly state that the “…the strikes are unlawful…” – why not kick the hornets nest a few more times. The word lawful and unlawful no longer carries any meaning – good or bad in SA. Why would it – they have watched theft and fraud on an industrial scale go unpunished, even rewarded by one after another of their highest leaders for decades.

Publicly calling this unlawful is like wishing for it to continue – because that is the effect it is having. The environment is far too toxic and charged for accusations – it is olive branches or nothing.

If you are not willing to try and fix this – then fire everyone, watch the mass of sympathy strikes break out in every sector across the entire SA economy – and in 6 months South Africans can be flooding into Zimbabwe looking for work.

The ruling elite must live in a different world to the one i am watching – because from this vantage point, it kind of looks like they are sitting on a powder keg and playing with matches, oblivious to the reality they have created.

AS NUMSA and other unions strikes for more money so more money leaves South Africa. Wish they would realize that. Can’t someone explain that to them. Tomorrow no MONEY no JOB!!!!!

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