Law firm taking Eskom to court over losses caused by load-shedding

Law firm taking Eskom to court over losses caused by load-shedding

- A law firm is preparing to take legal action against Eskom

- The firm claims that Eskom is responsible for financial losses as a result of load-shedding

- This follows the recent bout of power outages, which were the worst in the country's history to date

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A law firm, De Beers Attorneys, is reportedly seeking to take Eskom to court over the losses incurred by businesses and individuals as a a result of the power outages.

The law firm argues that Eskom behave negligently and bears responsibility for the losses caused by load-shedding.

Eskom has been taken to court over similar claims in the past, but courts have generally been reluctant to hold the power utility liable.

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This comes in the wake of the latest round of heavy load-shedding, which was only recently suspended. The 10-day run of stage four load-shedding was the most intensive in the South Africa's history, learned.

Eskom claims that load-shedding was suspended after power-plant performance improved, and energy imports from Mozambique improved again following the damage done by Cyclone Idai, according to BusinessTech.

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However, several experts warn that Eskom's problems run much deeper and are still far from being fixed. The power utility is struggling with crippling debt and inadequate infrastructure.

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In addition, there have been claims that some in Eskom have opposed Cyril Ramaphosa's proposed reforms, and are even sabotaging the power utility.

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