Pravin Gordhan condemns load-shedding, says it's disrupting the economy

Pravin Gordhan condemns load-shedding, says it's disrupting the economy

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has lambasted load-shedding as unacceptable and disruptive to the South African economy. This comes as stage 4 load-shedding is being implemented nationwide.

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Minister Gordhan has condemned load-shedding (especially stage 4) as totally unacceptable.

This follows a meeting between Gordhan and Eskom's board and management officials over the weekend.

According to TimesLIVE, the minister is determined to see the end of the black-outs:

“It is clear that greater urgency needs to be applied to acquire equipment necessary for urgent maintenance. We agree with South Africans that the continuation of frequent load-shedding, and in particular stage 4 load-shedding, is unacceptable and disruptive to our economy.”

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Adrian Lackay, spokesperson for the department, confirmed that numerous challenges facing the entity had been discussed, including the collapse of power imported from Cahora Bassa after the natural disaster in neighbouring Mozambique. reported earlier that President Cyril Ramaphosa had confirmed the South African National Defense Force is on standby to aid Eskom in transporting equipment needed to repair the plant.

Lackay insists that national treasury and his department are committed to assisting Eskom with fast-tracking rehabilitation needed to return power to a stable supply.

However, he cautioned that the public should understand that many power stations are over 30 years old and thus operate at sub-optimal levels.

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