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Guardians for Eskom’s power stations as load shedding fears continue

Feb 17 2019 14:52
Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg

Johannesburg - Police and intelligence officers will be deployed to Eskom’s power stations to prevent sabotage as the government implements a plan to end outages and help the utility recover, the Sunday Times reported.

Eskom, which provides more than 90% of South Africa’s power, has been rationing electricity to the already fragile system, hurting Africa’s most industrialised economy and weighing on the rand.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to split the utility into three divisions, which could lead to job cuts, has led to protest threats from unions.

READ: When SA cuts off power, cable thieves move in

There is widespread and well-organised opposition to Ramaphosa’s leadership ahead of elections scheduled for May, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said.

Unions staged a nationwide protest against job losses on Wednesday and are planning a second demonstration in Cape Town on February 19, a day before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presents his budget speech.

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