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2023-01-15 at 14:43 #389297Nat QuinnKeymaster
One of South Africa’s top legal minds, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, says there is a potential legal case for the government to answer on load shedding and its devastating consequences.
Ngcukaitobi’s sentiments come as Eskom ramped up rolling blackouts to Stage 6 indefinitely, citing severe constraints and NERSA granting the power utility an 18.65% tariff hike effective 1 April 2023.
GOVERNMENT MIGHT ANSWER FOR LOAD SHEDDING
Ngcukaitobi said the South African government might have to answer on the devastating consequences on various human rights and the failure to develop a plan to resolve it over the past 16 years.
Meanwhile, energy expert, Lungile Mashele says Stage 8 load shedding is coming which means that people will not have power for over 12 hours a day.
In an interview with eNCA, Mashele said it is highly possible that Eskom might implement Stage 8 rolling blackouts.
Mashele said had Eskom not implemented Stage 6 load shedding on Wednesday, 11 January Stage 8 would have been implemented.
“Had they not reserved their diesel pump storage and if anything happened in the evening peak it would have most likely tipped us over to Stage 7 or Stage 8,” she said.
Stage 6 blackouts mean that South Africans do not have electricity for 10 – 12 hours a day, so Stage 8 means that there will be no electricity for 12 – 14 hours a day.
RAMAPHOSA ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ ENERGY CRISIS
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, says President Cyril Ramaphosa deeply regrets the current energy situation, which has seen Eskom implement Stage 6 load shedding.
On Thursday, 12 January, Magwenya was updating the public on the President’s public programme and topical issues.
Magwenya said Ramaphosa has acknowledged the frustration of households, parents, and learners who have commenced the school calendar year facing power shortages.
“The devastation to small businesses and the adverse impact to the economy remains severe for South Africa’s recovering economy,” Magwenya said during the briefing.
Load shedding: There’s a potential legal case for government to answer, says top lawyer (thesouthafrican.com)
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