Source: Google/ thecitizen.co.za
Eskom CEO said sabotage has been confirmed at a power station in Free State.
The CEO today briefed the nation on the power utility's current system challenges, issuing a grave warning about the possibility of stage 6 Load shedding.
De Ruyter explained tje current round of load shedding is a result of a deliberate act of sabotage, and said it could have been much more worse.
Sabotage has been confirmed at the Lethabo power station in Free State-lines supplying electricity to the station's coal conveyor were cut and the Hawks will investigate.
It is said that there is a malice afoot and action needs to be taken. This is not only a challenge for Eskom. State security agencies and law enforcement have a role to play as well.
De Ruyter said he couldn't speculate as to whether the acts of sabotage arw being carried out in an attempt to discredit him and his team, in order to make it hard for them to solve ESKOM 's challenges.
He also didn't want to speculate as to what could trigger a total blackouts, as this could give perpetrator of these crimes added motivation to continue their criminal activities.
While loadshedding isn't on the cards for next week depending on the state of the grid- De Ruyter warned that if sabotage continues, stage 6 is a definite possibility.
De Ruyter said mechanisms are in place to avoid a total blackout, with loadshedding being the primary mechanism.
De Ruyter confirmed that loadshedding wont be implemented over the weekend, stage 1 was implemented from 05:00 to 21:00 today(19 November 2021).
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