Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eskom implements stage two load shedding

Jaimie-faith Poonah
14 April 2015

Eskom has started implementing stage two load shedding as from six o clock this morning until ten o clock tonight.

This as the power system remains strained and vulnerable.

The power utility says there is a high possibility that load shedding will continue for the rest of the week.

Customers are being urged to try and save electricity wherever they can.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the reason for this is that there is not enough generating capacity to meet the current demand which is why we had to implement stage two load shedding.

Phasiwe said it is important to know at this stage that the current industrial action has nothing to do with load shedding.

Meanwhile workers at the Medupi power station are continuing with their unprotected strike today.

They are demanding bonuses on the completion of work done at the power station.

Last week Eskom dismissed and sent final warnings to 1700 illegal strikers who embarked on alleged unprotected strike on the 25th of March. 

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the strike has not affected the completion of Unit six at the power station.

Phasiwe said the workers, they have downed tools and as a result we have reduced numbers of people on site, which is what we are beginning to see now.

Phasiwe said despite the workers downing tools, Unit 6 power station remains unaffected and we will make we meet our deadline in June when that unit will be producing our first 800 megawatts.

 

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