Eskom can’t guarantee electricity amidst protests

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“The generation and distribution of electricity across Eskom’s network is constrained today due to the acts of sabotage and intimidation that characterise the current industrial action by members of the trade unions,”

This is according to the latest statement made by Eskom in the wake of protests taking place at various coal mines and at Eskom headquarters, Megawatt Park.

According to the statement, there have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage to electricity infrastructure. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons.

“The power stations that are worst-affected by the industrial action are Hendrina, Camden, Kendal, and Arnot,” the statement read.

Protestors are unhappy about a 0% wage increase which was offered by the power utility. Disgruntled workers belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Numsa are expected to hand over a memorandum to the parastatal’s management demanding 15% wage increases.

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