File: South Africans remain in the dark as load-shedding continues to grip the nation.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans remain in the dark as load-shedding continues to grip the nation.
Eskom has blamed old infrastructure, corruption and the incomplete new power stations for the recent severe power cuts.
Earlier this week, Eskom and the Department of Public Enterprises held a press briefing to give an update on the state of load-shedding in the country.
Below is a list of the top quotes from politicians and various stakeholders regarding load-shedding:
1. “The last option is to load shed. It is not something taken lightly. We understand the inconvenience and pain. We do hope we will reach a level of predictability.” - Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza
2. “It will be a huge struggle to overcome this crisis.” - Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan
3. “But what was supposed to compliment the old machines, Medupi and Kusile were supposed to produce 3,200 megawatts, they're struggling to produce 1,000 megawatts.” - Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe
4. "I say to all of us, the energy crisis will pass, and I call on all South Africans to join hands and make sure we bring it to an end." - President Cyril Ramaphosa
5. "Eskom is lying to us, they said yesterday [Tuesday] at their press briefing with their minister in the room that on Monday they dropped 4,900 megawatts now if you follow the definitions...that's stage 5. That's why everybody is complaining...they have lost control of the system...they are lying." - Energy expert Ted Blom
6. “To answer the question: how long will load-shedding last? We will come back to you in 10 to 14 days. We have no magic formula. There is no magic wand to say load-shedding is over.” – Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan
7. “We’ve got a traffic management operation plan which we’ve put in place and we’ve deployed officers from the crime prevention unit, we’ve made arrests." - JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar
8. “In the last five years, maintenance spend was getting less and less, [which was] incongruent with [power] plants ageing more and more.” - Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza