Helen Zille slams load-shedding: the least Eskom can do is apply accurate schedules
Eskom's alleged failure to stick to its load-shedding schedule has the DA's federal council chairperson, Helen Zille, up in arms.
At the weekend the power utility continued with stage 2 rotational load-shedding due to unplanned outages and breakdowns that took 11,126 MW off the grid.
Eskom said there was an increased possibility of load-shedding over the next 18 months, with critical maintenance required to restore ageing plants.
Criticising Eskom, Zille said the power utility should apply the “philosophy of accurate schedules”.
Zille tweeted: “If we have to put up with the 'philosophy of load-shedding' could Eskom please apply the 'philosophy of accurate schedules'.
“The lights were supposed to come on seven minutes ago.”
If we have to put up with the "philosophy of load-shedding" could Eskom please apply the "philosophy of accurate schedules". The lights were supposed to come on 7 minutes ago.— Helen Zille (@helenzille) February 7, 2020
No, not everything. Just the complete and utter corrupt failure of State Owned Enterprises, where cadres have looted this economy dry, and expect citizens to adapt to the consequences "philosophically".— Helen Zille (@helenzille) February 7, 2020
As of Monday, load-shedding resumed at stage 1.
According to Eskom, the power cuts are due to a shortage of capacity and the need to replenish emergency supplies.
Eskom reminded South Africans that any additional shifts in the system may require a change in the load-shedding stage.
“We therefore request customers to use electricity sparingly and to reduce demand during this period.”