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eskomBusinessLive reports that power utility Eskom now says it is not able to give guarantees that power supplies in the country will not be disrupted during labour unrest over wages.  

On Thursday, thousands of workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will embark on nationwide lunch-time pickets.  The employees are protesting against the company’s 0% wage increase offer and have demanded 15%, while Solidarity members have tabled 9%.  Wage talks deadlocked last week.  Operations at nine Eskom power stations were disrupted on Wednesday, as some employees took part in an illegal strike, barricading and intimidating nonstriking colleagues.  The affected stations included Camden, Arnot, Matla, Hendrina, Komati, Grootvlei and Duvha, all based in Mpumalanga.  “With those amounts of stations we certainly cannot give a guarantee that the security of supply is not under threat.  It’s a challenge and we are doing our best to ensure we have sufficient capacity on the system to meet demand,” said Eskom’s Thava Govender.  This was in sharp contrast to a statement Eskom issued on Tuesday, when it said it had put contingency plans in place to keep the lights on.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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