- Various clips of an ailing Eskom power plant engulfed in flames have been circulating on South African social media platforms
- Since the clips were shared, Eskom released a statement about the power plant and has said that there were no injuries as a result of the fire
- The power utility also said that they would be replacing the belt that was burnt so that the power plant operates as usual
The last thing the country and its already ailing power supply company Eskom needed was for one of its power plants to catch fire - unfortunately, this is exactly what happened this Friday afternoon.
According to various clips that have been circulating on social media, a conveyer belt at Eskom's Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga caught fire and caused an understandable wave of fear and disaster in the area.
Following clips of the video being shared on Twitter, Eskom released a statement to assure locals that power delivery will not be affected by the fire. According to the power utility company, the conveyer belt will be replaced. They also reported that there were no injuries as a result of the fire.
“Eskom can confirm that a fire broke out on one of the conveyor belts taking the ash out of the Kendal Power Station this morning. The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries. The belt will be replaced today. The station continues to operate as normal.”
Locals have had this to say about the fire:
"Lol. The excuses/reasons for the pending loadshedding are already loading."
"It's ok...we understand. No need for funny stories. What time is load shedding starting?"
Earlier today Briefly.co.za reported that Brakpan residents have been left traumatised after a raging fire burnt down nine shops early this Friday morning. According to reports, the cause of the deadly blaze on Kitzinger Street in the Brakpan CBD is unknown.
The fire also managed to burn a part of a residential flat down, leaving some residents desperate and destitute without a home. A part of a hotel nearby the shops also received some damage as a result of the fire.
Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services spokesperson William Ntladi confirmed that firefighters were on the scene trying to contain the fire to the best of their ability early this morning.
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