Wheb we thought the worst was over, Eskom dropped another disheartening report. Eskom has warned that the level of load shedding could be increased to a fifth stage or higher due to a number of factors. The prince of darkness briefed the media on Friday about the current systemic challenges that have led to a reduction in the workload. The parastatal agency said early Friday that load loss would increase from a Phase 2 to Phase 4 power outage.
The Dark Lords of Megawatt Park said the Phase 4 demolition would take place from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday. Level 4 is lowered on Saturdays and Sundays from 05:00 to midnight. Jan Oberholzer, Eskom's Chief Operating Officer [COO], said the fourth level could be raised to level five if employees did not comply.
Oberholzer said parastatal governments were intimidated by other forms of illegal activity, which prevented some Eskom employees who wanted to do a "fair job". "As a precaution, we have reduced generators to lower productivity levels to limit the impact if triggered and to slow coal processing to a manageable level."
"Eskom is now sadly warning that we must make the public aware that if these criminal acts of intimidation and illegal strikes continue or are widespread, it will increase the risk of operational disruption and landings being carried out at higher levels," Eskom Oberholzer said.
Oberholzer also urged unions to reflect on the country and the challenges Eskom is currently facing. “Eskom is now calling on its partners and strikers to embrace the overarching goal of putting the South African people first, obeying the law and refraining from illegal and undemocratic behavior.
Oberholzer also repeated his call for South Africans to use less electricity as they cope with the "complicated and extremely challenging situation" they face today. Stage 5 will result in a loss of 5,000 MW, which means the house will effectively lose about 7.5 hours of load per day.
Source: The Citizen TV
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