Sabotage only part of Eskom’s ‘perfect storm’ of chaos

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Sabotage only part of Eskom’s ‘perfect storm’ of chaos

FREE TO READ | Power lost to tampering was restored before wet coal and fleet calamities struck, says utility

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The act of “sabotage” that led to 2,000 megawatts of electricity being wiped off the grid was already restored before Eskom decided to implement unprecedented stage six load-shedding this week. 

This was revealed by Eskom’s group executive for generation Bheki Nxumalo who said last Thursday the monitors at the Tutuka Power Station in Mpumalanga had been tampered with, causing two boilers to trip. By the weekend the boilers had been restored, he said. 

“[The incident at] Tutuka happened on Thursday last week. We managed to return those units by the weekend,” he said, adding that they were still investigating the matter. ..

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