Eskom opens facility in NC

2017-11-15 06:01
Molefi Rantsonyane (right), the operations and maintenance senior manager at Eskom, and Mandy Peters, works coordinator, cutting a ribbon at the official opening of the live work test facility in Kimberley.Photo: Supplied

Molefi Rantsonyane (right), the operations and maintenance senior manager at Eskom, and Mandy Peters, works coordinator, cutting a ribbon at the official opening of the live work test facility in Kimberley.Photo: Supplied

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Eskom has officially opened a live work test facility in Kimberley on Friday, 27 October.

Driving long distances to the nearest facility of this kind is now a thing of the past for Eskom employees after the company improved its services with this new operating unit in the Northern Cape.

Previously employees in the province had to drive to Gauteng or the Western Cape to make use of such facilities.

This new unit in Kimberley is one of just seven such operating units.

The facility features machines designed to test live work equipment such as gloves, hose sleeves, blankets, by-pass jumpers and bucket liners.

A demonstration by the live work team on the opening day indicated that the full spectrum of tests conform to international standards and can be conducted in-house at high voltages reaching a maximum of 40 kV.

Machines at the facility cost Eskom about R6 million and amendments to the building cost R1,1 million.

According to Eskom, the delay in the construction of the unit was due to various demands of the building of such facilities, and also on the importing of equipment.

“It took a couple of months to deliver, install and commission.

“In addition, revamping of the building to the required standard also took a couple of months to complete,” said Patricia Tsepane, communication practitioner.

At the opening event Molefi Rantsonyane, the operations and maintenance senior manager, acknowledged the challenges employees were faced by before the establishment of the facility.

He said employees had to drive long distances to get to the closest facility to have their equipment tested and analysed, and it also had a drastic impact on the standing time of vehicles.

It is believed that the facility will contribute to a significant cut in capital spending.

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