ANC ‘suspicious’ of ongoing load shedding at Eskom

Zizi Kodwa (Herman Verwey, Netwerk24)

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The ANC regards ongoing load shedding as suspicious,
claiming it suggests sabotage.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, acting national
spokesperson for the ruling party Zizi Kodwa said load shedding hinted at
“signs of sabotage to undermine the efforts to grow the SA economy and
bring much-needed investment to create more jobs”.

It could be no coincidence that the recent implementation of
load shedding followed “bold efforts” announced by President Cyril
Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Addres, Kodwa added.

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    Ramaphosa announced in his address last week that Eskom would be
    split into three entities – generation, transmission and distribution. All
    three companies will fall under Eskom Holdings.

    On Sunday, three days after his announcement, Eskom
    instituted stage 2 load shedding. On Monday the utility instituted stage 4,
    while on Tuesday Eskom started stage 3 load shedding at 08:00.  

    Plant breakdowns

    Kodwa questioned whether Eskom management was telling the
    country the truth regarding the extent of the crisis and the state of various
    power stations.

    Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, meanwhile, said on Monday
    that load shedding had returned because of plant break downs, and not sabotage.

    Emergency meeting

    The board of the power utility held an emergency meeting
    with Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan on Monday. In a statement
    released after the meeting, Eskom’s board said the major new Medupi and Kusile
    power stations were “continuing to show a lack of reliability to
    contribute meaningfully to Eskom’s generating capacity, which is a serious
    concern”.

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      The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, one of
      three recognised unions at the power utility, has rejected the unbundling of
      Eskom, Fin24 reported previously.

      The union is concerned that the unbundling would lead to the
      privatisation of Eskom, which would lead to job shedding.

      The Congress of South African Trade Unions, in turn, has
      called for Ramaphosa to make a commitment that the restructuring would not lead
      to job losses.

      Neither Eskom nor Kodwa immediately replied to requests for
      additional comment. 

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