- Eskom has announced that no load-shedding is planned for Monday following outages over the weekend
- The utility has requested a staggering R1.8 billion for employee bonuses after a rough year
- Social media has taken aim as they carry the burden of a struggling power utility
Eskom has got to be South Africa's least favourite state-owned enterprise at the moment.
The power utility barely managed to take two steps into the new year before it was forced to implement load-shedding.
The coast seems to be clear for Monday, at least until something goes wrong, says Eskom:
“However, should there be a significant shift in plant performance and an increase in unplanned breakdowns, load-shedding could be implemented at short notice."
Briefly.co.za reported that the power utility, despite implementing Stage 6 load-shedding for the first time last year, has requested R1.8 billion in bonuses for employees.
This alarming revelation was made in court papers filed by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.
Reports indicated that the nation would have been forced to endure Stage 4 load-shedding over the festive season if many factories hadn't closed over this period.
TimesLIVE reports that the power utility called on South Africans to conserve energy in a bid to ward off outages:
“We continue to ask customers to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly as a concerted collective effort can help to avoid or reduce the level of load-shedding.”
In the meantime, citizens have voiced their frustration at the lack of stability on social media. Take a look at just a few of the numerous comments in reaction to the return of load-shedding below:
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