Eskom: Risk of load shedding is high today

The power utility says due to a technical fault at some of its power stations, there will be power cuts.

FILE: The power utility says due to technical fault at some of its power station, there will be power cuts. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the grid is under pressure and the risk of load shedding is high from this morning after some of its generating units tripped.

The power system is expected to remain strained until 10pm this evening.

Earlier this week, the utility claimed the strike led by the National Union of Mineworkers had not affected its coal supplies.

The union has called on Eskom to put pressure on its coal suppliers to resolve the impasse over wages.

Thirty thousand workers have downed tools, demanding a R1,000 salary increase for its lowest paid workers.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "This has nothing to do with the coal strike, these are just operational matters, meaning that it's merely related to technical fault. For example, one unit of Tutuka and the unit of Lethabo power Station and Duvba Power Station have experienced technical faults,"

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