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eskomNews24 reports that energy expert Chris Yelland has described Wednesday's fatal explosion at the Eskom Lethabo power station in the Vaal as a failure on the part of the state utility.  One person was killed and another was critically injured in the blast.  

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe indicated on Thursday:  "The power station has six units that produce electricity.  One had a technical problem which resulted in a pipe rupturing - some call that an explosion.  One of our employees lost their life, while another is left critically injured."  Yelland said the explosion had been a "failure of epic proportions" and that repairs and loss of revenue would run into billions of rand.  He added that there could have been be a number of causes for an explosion of such a nature.  "It could be equipment failure, it could be that protection devices failed, it could be poor maintenance, lack of skills, neglect - there are a number of issues we don't know."  According to Yelland, a proper and thorough independent investigation would need to take place to determine the exact cause.  Department of Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane said the matter was under investigation and evidence would be collected and analysed before a conclusion as to what happened could be arrived at.

  • Read this report by Riaan Grobler and Canny Maphanga in full at News24

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