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Eskom says power supply constrained, as unions threaten to shut off electricity

Lament

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Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom is seeking a court interdict to stop a strike by employees, according to National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) President Andrew Chirwa.

Eskom, meanwhile, said at 12:00 on Thursday that there had been "several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and willful damage of electricity infrastructure".

"As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons. The safety of all our employees is of paramount importance to us during this time," it said in a statement.

It added that its network was "constrained today due to the acts of sabotage and intimidation".

Chirwa was addressing workers at a lunchtime picket of Eskom's Megawatt Park headquarters in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

He warned that the picket was a "warning bullet" and said that if Eskom continued only offer workers 0% wage increases, they would shut down "all the lights in the country".

Chirwa added that Eskom was spending R34bn on the Independent Power Producers (IPP) despite the country having an energy surplus.

"These IPP’s are the same as Gupta corruption but they are not Indian corruption...this is White Monopoly Capital."

"There is no New Dawn... it’s a new dawn of 0% increase, that wants to sell Eskom," Chirwa told crowds of cheering workers.

Unions handed over a memorandum to Eskom leadership at 12:40 on Thusrday. The memorandum states that Eskom has created “self-imposed crisis” by signing IPP’s onto the national grid. It adds that, until money lost to corruption is recovered, they reject Eskom’s claims of poverty.
More : https://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom/eskom-power-stations-facing-blockages-as-workers-picket-20180614
 

Lament

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Honestly wish I knew where this WMC line is, my handout is long over due.

Every fcking problem in this country is blamed on whites and WMC. WTF, Seriously, WTF?, this **** is honestly getting old now.
 
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ArtyLoop

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Ag f--k off Eishkom... constrained my foot...
you just want to bully us into another increase
 

Scooby_Doo

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Take the opportunity to fire some of the strikers without the worry of retrenchments. They are currently terrorists disguised as "workers".
 

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So Eskom plants are National Key Points, they are deemed as an essential service meaning workers are not allowed to strike, but Eskom wants to get an interdict yo stop the strike? Which is illegal? Why is there no police or military presence to ensure the safety and stability of the power stations? Too afraid of another Marikana incident? Now they let the unions terrorise and sabotage out power stations and threaten the lives of other workers. Some stations have been blocked for 2 days, how long will those workers be able to keep the plants going?
 

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"Power supply constrained due to the effects of industrial action

Thursday, 14 June 2018: The generation and distribution of electricity across Eskom’s network is constrained today due to the acts of sabotage and intimidation that characterise the current industrial action by members of the trade unions.

There have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons. The safety of all our employees is of paramount importance to us during this time.

Coal deliveries by rail deliveries and conveyor belts still continue to operate, albeit at limited capacity.

The power stations that are worst-affected by the industrial action are Hendrina, Camden, Kendal, and Arnot.

We appreciate and thank our employees who continue to work hard to keep the lights on.

Eskom will continue to provide regular updates about the state of the power system through various media platforms."

Eskom press release, received at 12:59
 
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That's all fine and well to say now, but it's completely ignoring the events that led to this. Eskom is now between a rock and a hard place. It's either going to be managed the right way or it goes down. They will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs completely if they go on like this.
 

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Johannesburg - Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has committed to reopening wage talks with trade unions.

He was booed by workers outside the power utility’s head office Megawatt Park in Sunninghill on Thursday afternoon, where he received a memorandum during a lunchtime picket.

Disgruntled workers belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Numsa are demanding a 15% wage increase, while the cash-strapped power utility has said it cannot afford any increases.

Hadebe spoke briefly amidst the heckles, but was cheered when he said said Eskom management had noted the unions' concerns that were read out in the memorandum.
15% :erm:
 

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That's all fine and well to say now, but it's completely ignoring the events that led to this. Eskom is now between a rock and a hard place. It's either going to be managed the right way or it goes down. They will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs completely if they go on like this.
Eskom 2018 - One of the companies with best BEE implementation! It is not an option but an obligation.
https://bbbeecommission.co.za/state...ee-act-it-is-not-an-option-but-an-obligation/
 

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This is nothing else but terrorism and treason if they do cut the power. The death penalty should come back for this charge and these workers must be hung. It will put them out of their misery too, since they are complaining about money. Unions must be banned as terrorists organizations.
 
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