ESKOM’s load shedding stage 4 has sparked the outrage among many South Africans.
The country has been plagued with power outages for close to 14 years as the utility’s fleet of coal-fired power stations, excluding Medupi and Kusile, are on average 41 years old. Rolling blacks have impacted businesses, job creation and investment prospects for the country. Citizen have been expected to fork out more money to foot the bill for Eskom’ s failures.
South Africans have taken to Twitter to share their outrage and used this opportunity to take a shot at the ANC.
Twitter user @madiepetsane2 said that this period of load shedding was showing the lack of leadership within the ruling party. This after a press release from the ANC was sent, calling for decisive leadership action at Eskom.
This further proves that we don't actually have leaderhip in @MYANC. They deployed cadres there just so we can have #Loadshedding at Stage 4. Now the ANC is telling the ANC to get its act together... So bipolar this party! We need a political John Wick from Mamelodi #Tembisa10 pic.twitter.com/GMvhJZwyWz— Madiepetsane Motaung (@madiepetsane2) October 27, 2021
Another Twitter user, @Tshepo_Ranko said that those who choose to vote for the ANC again in the next election, are part of the problem.
Ah, no ways.. stage 4? If you vote for the ANC this time around, you’re a part of the problem le wena.— Tshepo Ranko (@Tshepo_Ranko) October 27, 2021
Just yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that South Africa would prioritise the production of electric vehicles. But the current bout of load shedding lead to some Twitter users to point out the irony of the announcement when the country can scarcely keep the lights on.
Electric cars on a stage 4 budget?— Lisa Adams (@real_lisa_adams) October 27, 2021
South Africa could never. https://t.co/UvL0wRIOMJ
Imagine driving an electric vehicle in South Africa ,under stage 4 Loadshedding pic.twitter.com/JbF0lLNRro— Lan Guthrie King🕥 (@nlan6564) October 27, 2021
Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, said Eskom needed to urgently address their plan regarding the ongoing load shedding.
“Excuses are no longer good enough. What is the plan to stop the blackouts killing the economy and if there is a plan, why is it not working?”
He added: “It is simply unacceptable that more than half of Eskom’s entire power station fleet is not working. It is a fact that things are only getting worse.”
Today, matriculants all over the Western Cape wrote their first paper as part of their National Senior Certificate examinations. Now many of them have to go home and study by candle light.
Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, said the situation was unacceptable and that it came at a critical time for pupils in the province.
"This is a total disgrace. Our learners have gone through so much with Covid-19, and now they have to worry about load shedding on top of trying to study for their matric exams.”