LISTEN | Power manipulation? Schedules don’t correspond with cuts, say experts
'Businesses given an easy ride'
Energy analysts say ordinary citizens experience higher stages of load-shedding than Eskom announces because businesses and industry are prioritised.
Listen to industry analysts explain:
They say municipalities add more hours to Eskom schedules so that stage 6 can end up being stage 8 for ordinary people when municipalities add their hours. This is to enable business to experience fewer hours of load-shedding.
Chris Yelland, Lungile Mashele and Liziwe McDaid say the schedules don’t align with what is being implemented.
ANC politicians have vowed load-shedding will end next month, but the analysts are pessimistic.
Yelland says it’s unpredictable as breakdowns are unplanned and politicians are making empty promises before the elections. Strategic lead at The Green Connection, McDaid, says it’s unlikely Eskom will be able to suspend load-shedding, despite industry shutting down during the festive season. Mashele said Eskom may suspend load-shedding for a few days but the power cuts will certainly not end this December or any time soon.
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