We have bad news, sorry…. Mining and energy advisor, Ted Blom, said we should prepare for load shedding. Thanks, Eskom.

Load shedding, anyone?

Taking to Twitter, Blom tweeted:

“Loadshedding ahead”.

Eskom also earlier today announced that it would be implementing another round of “load reduction” across six provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.

Eskom manager’s bank account frozen

In other news, Eskom after a preliminary investigation placed a senior coal procurement manager on suspension “following evidence of corruption involving millions”. The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) will launch further investigations.

“The SIU investigation revealed the senior manager to be in control of a bank account with a balance close to R12 million. The funds have been deposited by some of Eskom’s suppliers in the coal division”.

Eskom confirmed that the senior manager’s bank account has been frozen and the manager placed on preliminary suspension, pending a disciplinary process. Read more here: SIU now seizes Eskom boss’s R11 million bank fund.

Eskom substation ‘vandalised beyond repair’

Eskom also confirmed that the interruption in Soweto on Friday, 7 May, was as a result of vandalism at the Jabavu substation. Affected areas include Central Western Jabavu, Jabavu, Mofolo Central, Molapo and White City.

The power utility warned that it “may take even more days to have supply restored in these areas as [Eskom] explores other safe methods to supply customers following the outage at the substation which was vandalised beyond repair”.

“This is one of the biggest incidents of vandalism that we have ever encountered. The damage to the cables and panels at the substation is extensive and requires replacement. As we work on replacing the damaged infrastructure, we will use other methods to supply electricity to our customers but it may take days before we manage to do that”.

Senior Customer Service Manager Gauteng Operating Unit, Dephne Mokwena.

Now read: Hawks arrest two bogus Eskom ‘employees’ for theft

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Presh JM Reporter

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