Eskom Can’t Guarantee South African Power Amid Wage Protests

South Africa’s state-owned utility said security of power supply could be threatened as workers protest Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s insistence that it can’t offer pay increases.

While all power plants are running, nine have been affected by the labor action and some aren’t receiving coal, Eskom told reporters on Wednesday at the utility’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

The utility “can’t guarantee” that security of supply isn’t under threat, said Thava Govender, Eskom group executive for generation. “Some of the stations are battling and they’re running at lower load.”

The supplier of most of South Africa’s electricity is determined to “keep the lights on,” said Chief Executive Officer Phakamani Hadebe, adding that Eskom is implementing…

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