Mzansi reacts: Should Eskom be privatised as load-shedding continues?

Mzansi reacts: Should Eskom be privatised as load-shedding continues?

- Briefly recently asked South Africans what they thought of the suggestion that Eskom should be privatised

- Social media was relatively divided on the issue

- Some said it would help the energy crisis, but others felt it would only benefit big business

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There has been much talk lately - as well as tension - surrounding the possibility of privatising Eskom.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has suggested that this may be a good move, while trade unions like Cosatu have vocally opposed it. took to Facebook to find out how South Africans felt about the issue.

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In light of reports that the DA supports the privatisation of Eskom, Briefly created a Facebook poll asking if citizens agreed that this should be implemented. 440 people responded, with 56% saying yes and 44% saying no.

This is not a rigorous poll, but it still cast some light on how people might feel about privatisation. The issue clearly has some support, but the public still seems relatively divided on it. 

This was reflected in the comments, as well. 

A common criticism was that privatistion would not help ordinary South Africans.

For example, Tony Shenge wrote, "This is not for the benefit of South Africa but for big corporate business and leverage against any government save DA."

Another user, Pitsto Teele, expressed similar concerns when he said, "Going private is not a bad idea, but my question is who is going to manage Eskom if it goes private."

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Abrie Burger, however, was pro-privatisation, saying, "Eskom needs some competition. It will ensure that they keep their prices low and give better service. It will also allow for more job creation in the private sector."

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