- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has lauded electric vehicles as the future after trying one out for himself
- Mbalula was impressed with the silent stealth of the car, telling citizens not to worry, Eskom would be sorted out
- However, with a crippling debt burden and equally unappealing losses recorded, it might not be as simple
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is beyond impressed with electric cars after scoring the chance to try one out for himself.
Posting a clip of his experience to social media, Mbalula shared his amazement at the vehicle's performance:
"Test-driving an electric vehicle - this is our future. Sizomlungisa (we'll fix) Eskom, don’t worry. No more Vrrrr pha - just “Mmmmmm”, total silence."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had sparked quite a reaction after getting the opportunity to try out a similar vehicle in Japan.
While Mbalula light-heartedly joked about fixing the issues at state-owned entity Eskom, the situation remains pretty grim.
With debt exceeding R440 billion, the power utility will need R69 billion just to service immediate payments. The South African reports that the entity had recorded a devastating loss of R21 billion in June 2019.
CEO Jabu Mabuza commented on the situation at the embattled utility, saying that at least load-shedding has been held at bay:
“On the operational side, we have implemented our generation nine-point recovery programme which has started to see some positive results in plant performance throughout the winter period. We are pleased to say we have not had to load shed since the 24th of March 2019."
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