Eskom is in tatters as claims of sabotage and theft take centre stage at the power utility amidst another week of loadshedding.
Over the weekend, the power utility pushed the country into Stages 3 and 4 loadshedding, notifying the public that Stage 2 will continue throughout the week.
Since then, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has spoken about issues of theft and sabotage putting further strain on the grid.
Gordhan said there was an incident of sabotage at the Hendrina Power Station within the last 24-hours.
“I was informed by the management of Eskom this morning that another incident of sabotage took place at the Hendrina Power station. Where an important cable, which is required to start a unit that was undergoing repairs was cut,” said Gordhan.
Due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 throughout the week. pic.twitter.com/E40GBxaAjs
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) May 22, 2022
This follows criminal charges which were laid against an Eskom employee at the Tutuka power station for vandalism.
It is also reported that over R100 million worth of oil is stolen from Eskom on a monthly basis, which leads to loadshedding and the power utility’s generation capacity.
Stage 2 loadshedding will be in effect from 17:00 to 22:00 every evening this week.