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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Stellenbosch mayor, Gesie van Deventer, says the Stellenbosch Municipality started fighting back in January 2021 to protect residents and businesses from loadshedding.

Van Deventer says the municipality has determined that the town needs 75MW of electricity, during peak times, to completely avoid the implementation of loadshedding.

She says the ultimate goal is to, in the near future, be completely independent of Eskom for electricity.

Van Deventer says the municipality supports the DA’s call for Eskom to be declared a state of disaster.

She agrees that drastic change is needed at the power utility to restore the country’s generation capabilities to full capacity.

The Democratic Alliance this week called on the government to declare a state of disaster at power-utility, Eskom.

The party says ridding the country of loadshedding is a whole of society approach anchored on making energy-generation South Africa’s biggest priority over the next 5 years.

DA spokesperson for Energy, Kevin Mileham says loadshedding has robbed unemployed South Africans of the chance of finding employment.

Mileham says the power interruptions also damage the country’s reputation as an investment destination.

Read the mayor’s complete statement here.

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