Eskom says all of its employees, who have participated in the recent nationwide strike, have returned to work leading to a significant improvement in performance and generation capacity.

This improvement has prompted the reduction in loadshedding from stage 5 to stage 4 today.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says technicians were also able to return seven generation units to service.

Mantshantsha says a further 600MW of capacity, from the hydroelectric scheme at the Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique, has been added to the national grid.

The power cuts would then, if further progress is made with capacity, be reduced to lower stages over the weekend.

Mantshantsha urges residents to continue using electricity sparingly.

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says it is hoped that the majority of Eskom employees will be back at work today which would hopefully see power stations going into full operation again.

Gordhan yesterday, during a press briefing, announced that a wage agreement was reached yesterday between unions and Eskom.

The illegal strike saw a large number of Eskom employees stay away from work which lead to a decrease in Eskom’s generation capabilities.

Gordhan says this directly contributed to the inevitable implementation of stage 6 loadshedding.

The Minister says the main aim is now to get Eskom’s generation capabilities back to full operation as soon as possible.

Gordhan says the intimidation that some employees were subjected to lead to high levels of absenteeism at power stations.

He condemned the aggressive intimidation tactics displayed by disgruntled employees.

Gordhan says the repairs and the recovery of Eskom’s power stations are now of greatest priority.

Access Gordhan’s full address here.

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