Eskom blames load shedding on worker acts of sabotage
Cape Town residents experienced the first set of Eskom's load sheding on Thursday.
Some residents were without electricity until 8pm, despite Eskom's promise that there will be no load shedding this winter.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the load shedding that took place on Thursday was not due to Eskom's failure to deliver but rather because their employees were intimidated and pulled out of buses on their way to work.
This load shedding did not happen because of the failures of our systems, it was man-made. It was our own people whom the country has entrusted with running our power stations, they were switching off and tripping things and unfortunately we couldn't meet the demand ultimately we had to implement load shedding.Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson
At this stage Eskom cannot confirm whether the country will be experiencing more load shedding.
Phasiwe says Eskom has done everything technically possible to prepare for winter but now its own employees are jeopardising everything.
Eskom employees are retaliating against the 0% wage increase and have embarked on an illegal strike action.
It is very unfortunate because we cannot make any guarantees because we are having our own people who are going around switching off power stations, clearly from a technical point of view we cannot make any assurances.Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson
These power stations are not automated you need people there and if people are stopped from going there, clearly you are heading for trouble.Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson
The City of Cape Town says it was caught by surprise when Eskom implemented load shedding on a bad weather across the city.
Cape Town experienced heavy rains and strong winds on Thursday.
Mayco member Xanthea Limberg says if the load shedding persists, the City will have to engage with Eskom to make necessary arrangements.
There is no spare capacity to allow us to mitigate or avoid load shedding at this stage because of the monthly agreement we have in place with Eskom at this stage.Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
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