SA's electricity crisis | We'll have to live through the pain, says Gordhan

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan responded to comments made by former Scopa chairperson, Themba Godi. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has been too slow to find solutions to power cuts that have become a norm in recent years.

And we will continue to live through the pain and unpredictability at least for the foreseeable future.

That's according to Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

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This as Eskom has been cutting power every evening this week.

"Wo what I say is I fully understand the exasperation… we all do. Secondly we will redouble our efforts to make sure that the factors which result in these regular breakdowns are minimised to the extent that it is possible," he said.

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"And thirdly, I think all of us particularly those who live in and around power stations must be a lot more aware of any crooked activities that are going on and let’s work together as a country to identify – and I’m not going to name any particular constituency – but identify people who are creating and contributing to the problems that we are confronted with at the moment.

"We said until we get these extra megawatts into the system, and in my view as I’ve said already that process has been far too slow, to actually help the current environment in which we find ourselves, we will have to together live through a bit of pain and uncertainty.

"But I think we hear the SA public loud and clear that we will like to see loadshedding minimised in a very serious way, in a shortest possible time."


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