Dec 5, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Load-shedding expected for ‘next few weeks’

While some generating units have been brought back online in recent days, this is not enough to suspend load shedding as other generating units have had to be taken offline for repairs, says Eskom.

“ The load shedding will therefore continue in different phases over the next few weeks while generation capacity remains tight.

“Eskom warns the public that it will take a few weeks for the power generation system to fully recover before the strike.< /p>

“Subject to multiple possibilities, including the return of the workforce to carry out much-needed repairs to equipment, load shedding is expected to be phased down to Level 2 over the weekend.”

The utility on Tuesday reached an agreement on the tariff with the three recognized unions – the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, National Union of Mineworkers Negotiations 2022 achieved and solidarity – paving the way for a full return to work of all employees after a wildcat strike.

A flat 7% salary increase for all employees belonging to the central negotiation forum , will be applied for the year starting July 1, and an increase of R 400 in housing allowance. Eskom has also agreed to reintroduce the terms of service that applied during the agreement, which was in place until the end of June last year.

The total impact of this agreement on wage costs will be more than R1 billion, Eskom said.

The city of Tshwane joined other voices on the costly damage from increased load shedding, saying the coaster-enforced Stage 6 power outages were having a devastating impact on the economy of the subway, particularly the small and medium-sized subway and micro-enterprise sector.

The total GDP loss per hour for Gauteng is R461m, of which Tshwane loses R132.7m per hour due to load shedding, according to André le Roux, MMC for economic development and spatial planning.

He said the metro estimated the hourly wage loss from load shedding at R15.7 million in manufacturing, R4.1 million in construction and R1.5 million in im Mining Sector.

“The E Retail loses R8.1 million an hour because it often lacks the luxury of implementing load shedding to mitigate damage. In this sector, many SMEs are feeling the devastating effects of load shedding, many being forced to close their doors,” the Metro said.

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