Energy analyst Chris Yelland said it's good news that a settlement has finally been reached. #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - One energy analyst believes the new deal sealed between trade unions and Eskom will gradually reduce the ongoing power cuts.
But Chris Yelland says a lot of damage has been done.
Members affiliated to Numsa and the National Union of Mineworkers have agreed to the latest offer by the embattled power utility.
Eskom has offered a 7 percent salary hike and changes to working conditions.
"I think it's good news that a settlement has finally been reached. These disputes always get results in the end," Yelland said.
"The question is how much damage has been done in the cause of reaching this end? Hopefully, now the tension will be reduced, we'll see things slowly returning to normal.
"Unfortunately the normal is Stage 2 to 4 intermittently and not continuously.
"It'll take a bit of time, recovering the damage done to the plant in the meantime."