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Less than two weeks into 2021, South Africa’s ‘favourite’ state-owned entity was back to its old tricks. Eskom announced that for the next three months, South Africans can look forward to a generous bout of load shedding every week.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow and the community is tired of dealing with rolling blackouts, especially when they are due to failures in Eskom’s maintenance and infrastructure.
The economy is practically at a standstill, with the entire country under lockdown level 3, yet Eskom insists that citizens need to cut back on power usage. All of this while being urged to work from home and children are expected to study online.
Welcome to Zim South Africa. No power, no growth, no job creation, just an elite literally stealing everyone’s future! Almost 27 years of total gross negligence & theft! #zeroaccountability.
— Stephen Ayerst (@Mr_S_Ayerst) January 17, 2021
Imagine being a restaurant owner.
The curfew is at 21h so you probably need to close shop at 20h.
But wait! You’ve got loadshedding from 18h to 20h.
Oh yes, and you can’t sell wine or beer.
This is the reality of many restaurateurs.
— Johann Biermann 🇿🇦 (@JohannBiermann1) January 18, 2021
No surprises here. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea replacing all the highly competent staff with highly incompetent staff, hey ANC?”
Loadshedding has been happening for 13 years – in 13 years Eskom and Government haven’t been able to come up with solutions. 13 years
— Tutu Zondo (@tutuzondo) January 17, 2021
Date someone who is on a different loadshedding schedule to you.
— Zamandlovu Ndlovu (@Ms_ZamaNdlovu) January 18, 2021
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The debt-ridden power utility reported a malfunction at one of its new generation plants earlier this month, which meant four straight days of power cuts. Kusile power station, which is already over budget and not yet fully built, broke down after a conveyor belt supplying coal to two units failed.
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