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'We believe we won't reach stage 6 but system is constrained, unpredictable'

10 December 2019 1:37 PM
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Labour union Cosatu, Minerals Council of South Africa and Black Business Council react to the ongoing load shedding by Eskom.

Eskom is continuing with rotational load shedding as a result of a shortage of capacity.

The power utility announced stage 4 load shedding for Tuesday which will last until 23h00.

On Monday, Eskom reached stage 6 of load shedding where 6,000 megawatts was shed.

Clement Manyathela speaks to Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae.

RELATED: And it continues ... Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding for Tuesday

We are likely to continue at stage 4 until 23h00. We do not believe we will get back to stage 6.

Dikatso Mothae, Spokesperson - Eskom

Our system is still constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable.

Dikatso Mothae, Spokesperson - Eskom

Meanwhile, Black Business Council CEO Kganki Matabane says the impact of load shedding on business is devastating.

Some of these businesses will end up closing doors permanently.

Kganki Matabane, Chief executive officer - Black Business Council

We need a predictable system that says you will have electricity at this time so you can prepare for your labour. Eskom needs to tell us how long load shedding will last so businesses can plan properly.

Kganki Matabane, Chief executive officer - Black Business Council

Cosatu's parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks says the best way to solve the issues at Eskom is to deal with the core issues which include the mismanaging of funds.

You can unbundle Eskom 20 times. The problem with Eskom is the billions that have been stolen. No one has been arrested and the looting is still happening as we speak.

Matthew Parks, Parliamentary coordinator - Cosatu

Unbundling will not deal with the issues of mismanagement. You need to fire those managers who are mismanaging.

Matthew Parks, Parliamentary coordinator - Cosatu

With the introduction of stage 6 on Monday, mining companies had to halt operations underground resulting in millions of rands being lost.

Minerals Council of South Africa chief economist Henk Langehoven says they cannot quantify the loss yet.

Stage 6 is serious, it means you can only do ventilation and keep security alarms on. You get people out of the mines as soon as possible.

Henk Langenhoven, Chief economist - Minerals Council of South Africa

The night shift could not go down yesterday. The uncertainty is a big issue.

Henk Langenhoven, Chief economist - Minerals Council of South Africa

10 December 2019 1:37 PM
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Cosatu
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Black Business Council
mining council
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