Eskom warns grid at risk as cold weather, WC taxi violence pile on pressure

South Africa

Johannesburg – As an “intense cold front” hits the country, Eskom has warned that the increasing demand for electricity, compounded with the taxi violence in Cape Town is putting the national grid at risk.

The Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape can expect rainy and windy conditions on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to start dropping significantly in the Free State, North West, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and in Gauteng from Thursday.

The power utility is warning that it was battling to function under the pressure of a cold front, the dangerous taxi violence playing out in the Western Cape and illegal connections across the country.

It said that although it had managed to build up capacity over the last few weeks and there is no immediate risk of rolling power cuts, customers needed to use electricity sparingly during the colder weather.

Eskom said its staff members in the Western Cape were being transported in white minibuses that resembled taxis and for this reason, it had to suspend their transport.

This left the power utility with limited personnel to attend to any potential outages.

The utility warned of prolonged outages and longer restoration time as a result.

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