Eskom throws the switch on a Saturday of load-shedding

“Part of the assessment that they need to make is the level of skill that is there on the ground. There are excellent people who might be sitting here at Megawatt Park [Eskom’s headquarters] who have good skills and they are sitting behind a desk and operating a computer,” Gordhan told a news conference.

He said Eskom was in “emergency mode”, with the objective of avoiding stage 2 loadshedding. Power cuts were not expected between December 15 and January 15, he said.

Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza said inadequate maintenance of power plants had contributed to the crisis.

“We did not maintain like we should have maintained. Like all mechanical stuff, if you don’t maintain it, it is subject to wear and tear.”

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