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eskomThe Citizen reports that according to an electricity expert, blaming striking workers was a convenient excuse power utility Eskom was using to mask the power utility’s incompetence and inability to ensure a reliable supply.  

Ted Blom, a partner at Mining & Energy Advisors and Energy Expert Coalition, is not buying Eskom’s excuse for the return of load shedding.  After having warned for months that the utility was on the verge of collapse, he said the current strike was “a convenient cover for all the rubbish that has been going on at Eskom”.  Yet, according to spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom has had to reduce the strain on the national electricity grid through load shedding, as the alternative would be a catastrophic and total blackout.  Last week, he blamed the state of affairs squarely on workers’ unions, which he accused of sabotaging power stations and of criminal conduct.  On Friday, Eskom obtained a court interdict prohibiting the intimidation of workers and contractors who were not part of the wage protests.  But, Blom said he had been in contact with unions and they assured him they were committed to “blockage of labour, rather than damage”.  The unions also claimed they had not engaged in the sabotage Eskom has accused them of.  He pointed out that the strike conveniently coincided with coal running out, as Eskom had lied about having at least 20 days’ supply stockpiled at all stations.

  • Read this report by Earl Coetzee in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Eskom obtains court interdict against strikes at power stations, at The Citizen

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