Dec 4, 2022

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Eskom granted interdict to stop strike at plants amid stage 4 load-shedding

Eskom has been granted a court order ending unprotected strike action at nine of its power plants and facilities over the past 24 hours.

Jan Oberholzer, COO of Eskom, said the Strike and intimidation of workers could increase risk of load shedding at higher levels.

Some workers went on unprotected strike on Tuesday after collective bargaining deadlock.

“This morning [Friday] we went to court and an interdict was issued. This is an illegal strike and should any of our employees or colleagues behave inappropriately, we will take the necessary action,” he said.

“We have a disciplinary procedure in place.”

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The utility’s management team on Friday provided an update on system challenges amid Level 4 power outages.

Incidents of employee intimidation and to block roads to power plants and facilities.

As a result, load shedding ramped up to level 4 from 11:00am to midnight on Friday and will continue throughout the weekend as Eskom attempts to maintain emergency reserves.

Generation leader Rhulani Mathebula said many activities at power plants would have to halt, including manually loading coal into the systems.

Mathebula said there were attempts to evict employees to force of power plants on Thursday.

“We have encouraged our staff to ensure that they provide us with the logs of their text messages and the number of calls they receive so that we can troubleshoot the issues.< /p>

“This morning I received reports that some of our managers had stoned their cars when they arrived this morning.”

Mathebula said some employees were at home for their own safety remained.

Managers had to step up and take responsibility to bring more megawatts on the grid.

Oberholzer said peak power plants had low water and diesel reserves and level 4 necessary to protect the integrity of the system and maintain reserves to respond to potential emergencies.

Diesel stocks at Ankerlig Power Station were down 40% on Friday morning. “We’re about 30%, which is extremely low.”

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