We’ll be frank, the latest power alert from Eskom had us screaming expletives at our screens this morning.
At 12:00 today Eskom will suspend loadshedding but only until 17:00 so that Parliament can pass a series of Appropriation Bills.
“Passing these Bills is essential to keeping Government operating, as without the relevant appropriations there will be no funding for key state functions such as hospitals, law enforcement and other essential services,” Eskom wrote.
But here’s the kicker, after 17:00 Eskom will implement Stage 2 loadshedding until Sunday 6th June at 22:00.
Why? Well because Eskom has to dip into already limited emergency reserves in order to suspend loadshedding today.
“The suspension of loadshedding has been made possible by large industrial power consumers in South Africa who have agreed to reduce their consumption for this period to support the country. Eskom will also be required to utilise some emergency reserves during this period, thereby depleting some of the gains made over the past few days.” the utility wrote.
This is a slap in the face of South Africans who have observed calls to reduce electricity consumption all week with the promise of loadshedding being suspended later this evening.
Not only is that no longer happening, we’re now set for more loadshedding so that Parliament can pass a few Bills. We understand this is important work but what about every other South African who had important work to do during loadshedding this week? Does their plight not matter?
As always, we advise checking out the Eskom loadshedding site and Eskomsepush on mobile to keep up to date with what times your area will be affected and when to charge necessary devices for the coming weekend.
Get your house in order Eskom.
In order to allow parliament to pass the Appropriation Bill, Stage 2 loadshedding will be suspended from 12:00 to 17:00 today@News24 @SABCNews @NewzroomAfrika @eNCA @IOL @ewnupdates @SundayTimesZA @SowetanLIVE @dailysunsa pic.twitter.com/d4naqeHG7B
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 4, 2021
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