Premier Makhura should return to Gauteng to deal with the load-shedding crisis

Issued by Fred Nel MPL – DA Chief Whip- Gauteng Provincial Legislature
19 Sep 2022 in Press Statements

Gauteng residents are being subjected to at least 10 hours of load-shedding per day, this happens while Premier David Makhura is currently out of the country on an overseas trip.

If Makhura was a true leader, he would have cut his trip short and returned to the province to deal with this crisis.

The higher stages of load-shedding have an extremely negative impact not only on small businesses but also on big businesses that cannot afford to have a generator running for most of the workday so that they can continue trading.

Furthermore, State Owned Entity (SOE), Eskom has indicated that power supply will remain a constraint for most of the week and, this will undoubtedly have an impact on the supply of diesel in the province and may lead to a shortage.

This, in turn, will lead to production losses if there is a shortage of fuel to keep the lights on.

The DA demands that an urgent meeting of the executive must be called so that the following measures can be put in place to deal with the current blackouts:

• Increased police visibility to safeguard our infrastructure and curb cable theft

• Ensure fuel security so that the province does not run out of diesel

• Government and the private sector need to implement flexible working hours to spread peak loads over a longer period to conserve electricity

While waiting for Premier Makhura to return from his trip, the Acting Premier Panyaza Lesufi must outline to the residents of Gauteng the emergency plans that are in place to ensure the safety and security of the residents during load-shedding.

Gauteng residents deserve a government that will prioritize the economy and have a plan of action in place to protect residents from load-shedding through Independent Power Producers (IPPs). This will ensure that the wheels of the economy in this province keep turning.