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Eskom to implement stage two load-shedding

By Charl Bosch - Mar 25, 2015
Eskom to implement stage two load-shedding

Power utility Eskom has announced that it will be implementing stage two load-shedding from 16h00-22h00 today citing a constrained grid as the main reason.

In a series of tweet, the state-owned parastatal said it was reverting to load-shedding as a last resort to protect the national grid.

The announcement comes after around 21 000 employees, reportedly belonging to the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA), downed tools at the troubled Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in Limpopo early this morning, citing poor living standards and wages as the main grievances.

“They are doing this especially to black workers. They are moving them from their current accommodation at the hostel. There is no white person living in that hostel. So it is discrimination,” NUMSA head of collective bargaining, Steve Nhlapo, was quoted by Eyewitness News as saying.

It has not been confirmed whether the latest round of load-shedding could be attributed to the strike.