Pravin’s talk must spark some ac­tion

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

The South African pub­lic are jus­ti­fi­ably feel­ing like the lights are off, and no­body is home. For years tax­pay­ers have been hit with an in­ad­e­quate power sup­ply, and the bur­den of try­ing to ease Eskom’s mas­sive debt, which keeps on bal­loon­ing. Load shed­ding has brought busi­nesses to a stand­still, while house­holds have been equally ef­fected due to poor man­age­ment and the lack of a solid long-term so­lu­tion from the power util­ity.

Yes, state cap­ture has played a part, but that can’t solely be used as a scape­goat to ex­plain the Eskom mess we find our­selves in.

With an­other week­end of load shed­ding on the cards, fol­low­ing a week of out­ages, and the very real threat of Christ­mas by can­dle­light loom­ing, South Africans are gatvol be­cause they feel there is no end in sight to this catas­tro­phe. What is be­ing done to fix the em­bat­tled paras­tatal?

Hav­ing said that, Minister of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gordhan on Thurs­day gave some hope this lat­est cri­sis would be averted when he stated Eskom man­agers would have to give up their end-of-year hol­i­days to deal with the problems, and said he was con­fi­dent there would be no load shed­ding over the fes­tive pe­riod.

“The good re­sources and peo­ple of good­will who want to see Eskom work­ing are go­ing to be mo­bilised in or­der to en­sure that we sta­bilise the sit­u­a­tion,” said Gordhan.

“There’ll be a very in­ten­sive look over the next 10 days. That’s part of the ac­tion plan to un­der­stand ex­actly what the na­ture of the problems is, which ones are eas­ily fix­able and which ones will take some time to fix,” added Gordhan.

Talk is cheap, though. Ex­actly how the en­ergy sup­plier fixes the mess is go­ing to take a mas­sive ef­fort.

Over to you, Mr Gordhan.

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