- Eskom has warned of even more power cuts this chilly winter season, this after the power utility recently implemented Stage 2 loadshedding
- The company has cited the breakdown of one of its crucial generators as a cause for recent power cuts
- Mzansi social media users were definitely disappointed by the news and took to the comments section to air their grievances
Eskom has warned there is a possibility of more power cuts. Stage 2 loadshedding was implemented from 4pm on Monday until 5am on Tuesday to the utter dismay of South Africans caught in a chilly winter season.
Cause of loadshedding was breakdowns
The power utility said the blackouts were because of a cold front that had come earlier than expected and it had a number of breakdowns at its generation units.
“Breakdowns currently total 14,560MW of capacity while another 2,300MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance. Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening (Monday), which would help ease the strain.”
Mzansi social media users were definitely gatvol of all the excuses and took to the comments section to air their grievances:
@tiyisanni had these choice words:
"Lol many people think you guys are doing a good job because you know how to communicate information, they don't realise that you don't know what you are doing..."
@SibusisoZiqubuu had this to say:
"Don't you see it's cold?"
"I'm fine with loadshedding at night, not during the day. I'm speaking for myself, not us or we!"
"How do you have so many simultaneous breakdowns all at once? Something very fishy is going on here!!!!"
Calls mount for Solly Tshitangano to be fired
Meanwhile, Briefly News has learned that there are calls for suspended Eskom chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano to be fired from his position.
This comes after the officer was found to have advanced personal interests in the deal involving supplier Econ Oil. Tshitangano is also found guilty of intentionally breaching his duty and misleading Mzansi’s power generator.
According to News24, the chairperson of his disciplinary inquiry Nazeer Cassim has submitted his ruling to the parastatal on Friday morning.
“Tshitangano acted dishonourably and has exhibited all qualities that make him unsuitable for the position he occupies.
“He declined the opportunity to deal frankly with serious allegations of misconduct. I recommend his immediate dismissal and I further recommend that Eskom take appropriate steps against all those involved improperly on the Econ Oil saga.”
It is also reported that the embattled power supplier has filed criminal charges against former Eskom official Thandi Marah and Econ Oil, a company that has supplied Eskom with oil since 2003.
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