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LETTER - Load shedding does untold damage and adds to the economic quagmire we find ourselves in. It causes people to lose jobs, forces businesses to close, chases away tourists and makes life unbearable for citizens.

It’s a curse that’s manmade and every time there’s load shedding people blame the government. Rightly so.

Eskom is a state-owned enterprise that has been one of the most mismanaged entities in the country.

We heard how billions were lost through poor decisions and corrupt dealings. All of this points to the fact that those in power had no clue what they were doing.

It’s laughable that Eskom posts a surplus in its last financial report, when just last year it was in the red for about R50 billion.

It continues to exist because of bailouts from the government. But would Eskom qualify for a loan from the bank if it were a private company?

Who would want to invest in a company where people are employed for all the wrong reasons and that is unable to make profits while having the monopoly in the power sector?

If I were the government, I would ensure that only the most qualified and experienced people were employed at Eskom.

Almost every South African relies on the power utility to survive. If it fails, then the government has failed.

There is no excuse. The government is the cause of our load shedding woes. In most other countries, they would have resigned by now.

The biggest challenge we have is that we are taken for a ride because we don’t hold this government to account.

We continue electing them to office. The government keeps the masses uneducated and in poverty. When this happens, then people vote with their stomachs and not their heads.

I have a small business that employs 10 people. It’s been a difficult year for us like most others and we look forward to the expected boom during the festive season.

In the past, this period would be the only profit we see in the year. Now we use the profits to pay arrears and loans.

What does the government do? They hit us with load shedding at this critical time.

It’s a damn shame.

The Mercury