Eskom CEO Claims Acts Of Sabotage Almost Caused Stage 6 Load Shedding
It is expected that load shedding will conclude at 9PM on Friday which will see South Africans have an uninterrupted power supply, at least until Eskom says otherwise.
It is expected that load shedding will conclude at 9pm on Friday, which will see South Africans have an uninterrupted power supply, at least until Eskom says otherwise.
In what has become an almost daily occurrence, Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has briefed the country on the state of South Africa’s electricity situation. In his most recent briefing, the CEO revealed that a suspected case of sabotage at the Lethabo power station could have plunged the country into stage 6 load shedding.
The past month, the country has been without power to various degrees. The highest level of load shedding that occurred over the past month was stage 4 power cuts. This left people without electricity for 12 two-hour slots over a four-day period. Stage 6 load shedding would have seen more frequent power cuts for longer periods at a time.
De Ruyter suspects that sabotage was at play as nothing was stolen from the scene. There was also no sign of corrosion, metal fatigue and no shearing of pylons. He said, “there is evidence that there was some cutting instrument involved; whether that is a hack saw or an angle grinder”.
“For some time we have had suspicious incidents and I think this is the clearest indication that we have had to date that there are individuals out there who seek to damage the economy by causing very significant and substantial load shedding” added the CEO.
He said that the matter has been referred to the hawks for further investigation. De Ruyter also announced security measures that are currently in place to ensure that no nefarious activities put the electricity supply in the country at risk. He is also calling on the support of law enforcement and security agencies to aid the power utility.
Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 605MW while planned maintenance is 3 604MW of capacity.
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