- South Africa seems to be permanently hovering on the brink when it comes to load-shedding
- With the industry sector set to return to normal functions next week, experts say its only a matter of time until the outages return in full force
- While the nation braces itself for the seemingly inevitable, two ministers have come under immense scrutiny
Eskom has craftily kept its current round of load-shedding to the early hours of the morning, but it's only a matter of time until the outages return in full force.
Briefly.co.za reported that energy expert Chris Yelland was convinced that the holidays had saved Mzansi from the wrath of continued Stage 6 load-shedding.
With numerous factories and companies closed over the festive season, Eskom had some breathing room, but the situation was only temporary.
Many predict that load-shedding will be back at some point next week and both Pravin Gordhan and Gwede Mantashe are feeling the heat.
The South African Energy Forum has issued a statement calling for the Public Enterprises Minister's dismissal:
“SAEF is shocked and dismayed with Eskom, it’s non-performing board and unqualified shareholder representative Pravin Gordhan. They are not up to the task of solving these problems. Have we lost power plants in South Africa? Perhaps they have been captured. It’s abundantly clear that Eskom is no longer under competent stewardship under [Pravin Gordhan], and matters relating to energy must be taken away from the Public Enterprises portfolio. The priority now should be the sanctioning or removal of the minister, who ended up forcing the president to lie about load shedding.”
The Energy Minister has been accused of failing to adequately tackle the current crisis, with many adamant that the state should cast its eye to other energy sources in a bid to solve the issue.
With Mantashe seemingly resistant when it comes to fast-tracking renewable power projects, the chances of prolonged electricity shortages remain high, reports News24.
Load-shedding costs the South African economy billions and with few employment opportunities available on a good day, the nation can't afford to weather the storm at Eskom for much longer.
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