SA could be in the dark

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO -

IT COULD be Christ­mas by candlelight for many as Eskom an­nounced lengthy rolling black­outs across the coun­try and said load shed­ding was ex­pected in the com­ing months, pos­si­bly un­til March.

While res­i­dents scram­ble to make ar­range­ments to man­age the two-hour power cuts, tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity lead­ers wor­ried about the neg­a­tive im­pact load shed­ding would have.

“South Africans have more than enough stress in their lives and do not de­serve such poor ser­vice by a state-owned en­ter­prise that is for­ever de­mand­ing more and more of tax­pay­ers’ money,” Fed­er­ated Hos­pi­tal­ity As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, Charles Preece said.

Econ­o­mist Dawie Roodt said: “If we hadn’t had prob­lems with Eskom over the last 10 years, South Africa’s econ­omy would be 10% big­ger at least, which trans­lates into one mil­lion jobs. This gov­ern­ment has cost South Africa very dearly. |

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