Eskom confirmed on Thursday evening that it would implement stage 1 load shedding.
Spokesperson for the power utility, Khulu Phasiwe said acts of intimidation and sabotage have resulted in Eskom being unable to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
According to Phasiwe there have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure throughout the day. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons. The following power stations are affected, Hendrina, Camden, Kendal and Arnot.
Unions are unhappy with Eskom’s decision to implement a 0% salary increase this year and have threatened to interrupt power supply until their demand for a 15% increase is met.
Eskom urges South African consumers to switch off geysers, pool pumps, heaters and non-essential appliances in peak times 17:00-20:00.
Even though several areas were left in the dark, no instruction for load shedding was received for the City of Matlosana.on Thursday, 14 June.