The strike at Eskom has affected several power stations including the delivery of coal.
We saw on Thursday night, the power utility rolling out stage one loadshedding, despite assurances throughout the week that there will be no loadshedding and there were contingency plans put in place.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Thursday's loadshedding was man-made.
We had our own technicians going into those facilities to switch off some of the electrical equipment and also at power station level, we had a lot of intimidation where people were going into different shifts being stopped and held out of busses and taxis.— Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom Spokesperson
He added that the trucks that were delivering coal were stopped. He said they expected pushback from their employees who have been protesting against the zero percentage wage increase announced by the power utility.
But to the extent that people are going to sabotage their own operations and clearly it was something that was not expected.— Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom Spokesperson
He said there was some semblance of stability on Friday and they are continuing with their operations and they will also continue to monitor the system.
Listen below to the full interview: