This offsets all the good work President Ramaphosa has been marketing across the globe in his recent addresses to world leaders. But has Eskom considered the financial and other implications of such an act for the country’s citizens?
During load shedding, traffic lights are out. Selfish drivers cross into intersections believing that such a move will allow them to arrive a little earlier at work. Little do they realise that their actions are responsible for everybody arriving at work later than usual. Cars stuck in intersections obstruct traffic perpendicular to their direction of movement, resulting in traffic coming to a standstill.
Had the drivers waited at the traffic light when it changed to red, the intersection would have been clear and this would have allowed cross traffic to continue freely. An intersection blocked with stationary vehicles allows no traffic to flow, resulting in everybody being stuck far longer than is usually the case when traffic lights are functioning.
Since load shedding, drivers have reported taking two or three times longer to get to and from work. This doubles or triples the petrol cost of a household a month.