How soon until the spectre of load shedding disappears? South Africans are uncertain. As a matter of fact, they are not only jittery but even angry, especially as Eskom, the power utility. Has also announced a massive tariff increase.
Eskom recently lost its CEO, Andre de Ruyter, who resigned following pressure from around South Africa, including the presidency. Thereafter, he was allegedly to be a victim of cyanide poisoning but her survived.
Contrary to expectations from some quarters, his exit has not provoked a resolution to South Africa’s energy crisis. As a matter of fact, the complaints appeared to have increased with the likes of the media personality Tbo Touch speaking about stage 6 load shedding and how it might force him to close his businesses.
Eskom has admitted its failures in some areas, especially in Soweto and Gauteng, and it keeps providing updates on the situation on social media.
In a recent tweet, it apologised for inconveniences caused by outages while also announcing that its technicians are working to restore power supply to areas like Pimville Zones 3, 4, 5, 7 and Dlamini 1, 2 & Ext.
It remains to be seen when South Africa will eventually overcome the spectre of load shedding. For now, the country isn’t smiling and the opposition DA is spearheading a protest against Eskom and load shedding.