Eskom warns of high volume of coal-trucks on roads

Road users are asked to be vigilant during festive season.

Eskom this week urged all road users to be vigilant of coal trucks, especially on the major roads to and from coal-fired power stations and coal mines, mostly in Mpumalanga.

The power utility said it has taken advantage of the low electricity demand during the festive season to intensify plant maintenance and fast-track recovery.

It said this is in line with the their recovery plan aimed at improving generation performance and returning the energy availability factor (EAF) to 75% before November 2019.

The efforts will result in a higher-than-usual number of coal trucks, especially on the major roads.

“While the restoration of the power system is an overarching objective, the safety of all South Africans on our roads remains a priority,” Eskom boss Phakamani Hadebe said.

“We therefore urge our people to be vigilant and obey the rules of the road at all times,” Hadebe said.

Eskom will stop coal haulage during high-peak days where the volume of travellers increases on the roads from December 24 to December 27 and again from December 31 to January 1 next year.

(edited by MLM, ANA)

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