Following recent development that Eskom will be implementing the stage 4 load-shedding on Wednesday, Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) John Steenhuisen has slammed the ANC for its incompetence in handling the situation.
Steenhuisen who has been in Tshwane flying the DA’s flag ahead of Monday’s municipal poll described the Eskom decision as a shame to South Africa.
Recall that Eskom in a statement revealed that the stage 4 load-shedding would last until Saturday morning.
The DA leader however pointed out how the recent turn of events is affecting jobs and businesses across the affected areas.
“This government has just announced that we are moving to stage four load shedding from 12 o’clock today. Stage four load shedding, this isn’t load shedding, this job shedding because when the lights go out and the electricity goes off, the factories stop working, the shops close, the business can no longer run and people lose their jobs,” he said.
However, Eskom on the other hand said the stage 2 load shedding is Eskom’s last resort, stating that the shortage of capacity and units was the reason behind several power stations tripping off.
“Over the past 24 hours, a unit each at Medupi, Kusile, and Matla power stations tripped while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down. This constrained the power system further requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and therefore, hampering the recovery of these reserves.
“Some generating units have returned to service and we anticipate another two units to return to service during the day. Load shedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of load shedding,” Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.