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Eskom urges South Africans to heed safety rules as coal-recovery continues over the festive season
Wednesday, 19 December 2018: Cognisant of its commitment to addressing the challenges pertaining to deterioration in generation performance, Eskom takes advantage of the low electricity demand during the festive season to intensify plant maintenance and fast-track recovery of stock levels to grid code heights. 
 
This is in line with the organisation’s nine-point system recovery plan aimed at improving generation performance and returning the energy availability factor (EAF) to 75% by November 2019.
 
These concerted efforts will result in a higher-than-usual number of coal trucks, especially on the major roads to and from the coal-fired power stations and coal mines, mostly situated in the Mpumalanga Province. 
 
“While the restoration of the power system is an overarching objective, the safety of all South Africans on our roads remains a priority. We therefore urge our people to be vigilant and obey the rules of the road at all times,” says Eskom Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe.
 
Eskom will stop coal haulage during high-peak days where the volume of travellers increases on the roads from 24 December 2018 to 27 December and again from 31 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.
 
Furthermore, noting that Mpumalanga is the gateway to neighbouring countries, namely eSwatini and Mozambique, South Africans planning to travel to these countries over this period are urged to properly plan their trips, taking into account the high number of coal trucks as well as the operating hours of the border gates to these countries to avoid last minute rush.
 
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