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Load shedding woes - president Ramaphosa finally intervenes

President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally intervened in the Eskom woes. 

This comes after the power utility company placed South Africa under stage 6.

Ramaphosa, who arrived back in SA after the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Tuesday morning, received an immediate briefing from public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, who was asked to do what is needed to ensure power is restored immediately.

It is also understood that Ramaphosa held a bilateral meeting with Gordhan and Eskom management on how the government could improve the 4%-5.3% wage increase offer. Unions are demanding between 10% and 12%.

Bloomberg reported that Eskom is now offering workers a one-year 7% raise on a sliding scale, with higher earners receiving slightly less. But the offer is expected to be tabled to union members only on Friday for their approval.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, was categoric that load-shedding could not continue unabated and the strike at Eskom is illegal.

“His message to them was clear: do your best to provide a solution as quickly as possible.

“We are in the middle of winter and no-one is going to be tolerant,” Magwenya told Business Day.

Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that it would continue to implement stage 6 and stage 4 load-shedding on Wednesday and Thursday.


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