South African fans might be in for another nasty “black-out” surprise as Eskom warned municipalities to brace for load-shedding from the end of September and through-out October according to the DA.
The opposition party’s public enterprises spokesperson, Natasha Mazzone, has written to Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza asking him to confirm that the utility has issued a warning to municipalities.
Her letter on Tuesday asked Mabuza for confirmation within 24 hours. When it failed to arrive, she issued a statement on Thursday saying Eskom seemed
yet again set to fail millions of South Africans and the country’s already weak economy, by not generating enough energy”.
This new threat of impending blackouts in municipalities makes it clear that the much talked about recovery plans have amounted to nothing.”
Fans are already furious about the SABC not televising any of the rugby world cup games and load-shedding during games will be disastrous for supporters.
A month ago, Eskom board member Nelisiwe Magubane said an acceleration in economic growth could trigger power cuts.
Energy expert Chris Yelland said the warning by Magubane needed to be taken seriously.
“I don’t think it’s a trivial statement. She happens to be a board member who is an electrical engineer and the former DG of the department of energy.
She was making the point that there is a thin line between supply and demand at the moment. Any increase in economic growth could push us over the thin line between supply and demand,” Yelland said.
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