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More load shedding expected as Eskom does full recovery on generating units

A one-day strike among some Eskom workers led to rolling blackouts due in part to attacks on electricity infrastructure.

Picture: pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - More load shedding is expected this week.

A one-day strike among some Eskom workers led to rolling blackouts due in part to attacks on electricity infrastructure.

Striking workers are angry over the utility's decision not to increase their salaries this year. Unions are demanding a pay hike of between 9 and 15%.

Eskom’s Dikatso Mothae said: “We are saying that the system will remain constrained for approximately 10 days while we do a full recovery on our generating units as a result of last week’s protest action.”

Eskom, which produces more than 90% of South Africa’s power, refused to cede to demands by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to raise salaries by 15%. A third union, Solidarity, is also unhappy with Eskom’s decision to keep salaries flat. However, all parties agreed to negotiate a new wage deal and restore production to prevent further blackouts.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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