Eskom embarks on long-overdue maintenance of its ageing fleet

Eskom embarks on long-overdue maintenance of its ageing fleet

Eskom has finally begun 'deep maintenance' on its ageing fleet of power stations, which has not been conducted in the last five years. Meanwhile, 90 000 jobs in the mining sector are on the line after the electricity price hike.

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Eskom has started long-overdue maintenance on its fleet of power stations, which it says has not happened for five years, reportedly due to financial and management issues.

According to Eyewitness News, the lack of maintenance significantly contributed to the recent severe power shortage.

Eskom employee, Andrew Etzinger, explained that maintenance on older stations had been put on hold in an attempt to fast-track the completion of newer power stations. This has backfired on the entity, as the Medupi and Kusile stations are battling to produce what they should.

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In the meantime, over 90 000 jobs in the mining sector are expected to be cut following the recent tariff hike at Eskom.

The nation's gold and platinum mines will be negatively impacted as the electricity price further burdens operating costs.

According to the Minerals Council of South Africa, 71% of all gold mines and 65% of platinum mines were either running at a loss or close to it.

According to eNCA, this news comes at a time when unemployment rates are high and the potential job losses could have a disastrous effect on the nation's stability.

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