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eskomNews24Wire reports that power utility Eskom warned on Friday morning that if protests at nine of its power stations and facilities continued, the risk of higher stages of load-shedding would increase.

SA is currently (Friday) experiencing Stage 2 load-shedding every day up to midnight until Sunday. "These protests included incidents of intimidation of working employees and blockading of roads leading to power stations and other facilities, inhibiting the free flow of personnel and commodities required for the generation of electricity and smooth operations," Eskom indicated in a statement. It cautioned the public that “should these criminal acts of intimidation persist or spread, this would increase the risk of operational disturbances and the implementation of load-shedding at higher stages." Eskom reiterated that the provision of electricity was an essential service, and industrial action was not permitted. The utility appealed to its labour partners and striking employees “to embrace the higher purpose of putting the people of South Africa first, respect the law and to desist from illegal and undemocratic conduct." On Wednesday, Eskom confirmed that it had reached a deadlock in talks with union Numsa at the Central Bargaining Forum. Eskom general manager for people relations Thulane Ngele said at a briefing that parties could refer the matter to the CCMA.

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