'Eskom went back on its words, Minister must explain’- DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 11, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused Eskom of going back on its word after it was forced to implement rolling blackouts this week, due to a reported technical fault causing a loss of generating capacity at some of its units.

In a statement, the party’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said that Minister Lynne Brown needs to give account to Parliament why the state-owned parastatal had failed to keep the lights on, after its Acting CEO, Brain Molefe, last month announced in a series of tweets that no load shedding would be expected as enough generating capacity had been stored over the summer.

“South African people should not be expected to accept this flip-flopping by Eskom. We are repeatedly told about “maintenance upgrades” and “constrained power systems”. Despite the promises of a winter free of load shedding, very little has changed,” Mazzone said.

“It is unacceptable that many South Africans in rural villages have been left out in the cold with load-shedding delays of more than 10 hours per day. Minister Brown needs to approach Eskom and table a mitigation plan before the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in order to address load-shedding during maintenance upgrades this winter season”.

Speaking during a questions and answers session in Parliament yesterday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that government was working on a plan to resolve the crisis despite allegations that controlled blackouts could continue for the next two years.