Note: There has been confusion regards the load shedding schedule. After this blog was posted, Eskom said on ETV News that there would be no power cuts. However, in a separate interview they said there may be in the evening. This blog remains relevant in different ways.
It’s highly ironic because one reason why Knysna Municipality is short on cash is because their electricity profits are down due to citizens using less power. Officials explained that it is happening all over the country. That should be extended with a self-defeating reason being that as electricity tariffs increase, so people become poorer and can’t pay their bills. The poor population will increase, forcing pricing upwards as the teats of those who have money are milked harder. Add all the other increases in our country and the middle class will continually erode so that electricity debt will increase, ensuring load shedding does too.
Are we also getting our power cut so big businesses and foreign countries score?
Eskom reckon it needs R250 billion over the next 3 years. Taxpayers may bail them out to the tune of R50billion. Electricity costs are bound to soar whilst executives get their bonuses. Learning from our history, some are bound to steal from that pot of coal gold too.
Even more ironic was the optimism from the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, who stated in September that, “Eskom had turned the corner”. Maybe she never read Alan Paton’s never-ending novel, Cry the Beloved Country.
When did “power cuts” become politically incorrect so that it had to be called “load shedding”? Whatever you want to call it, this is the schedule for the absence of light in Knysna in November:
- Every Monday: 6pm-8.30pm
- Every Wednesday: 8-10.30pm
- Every Friday: 2pm-4.30pm
But that doesn’t make sense because we had load shedding on Sunday, November 2. Hopefully Knysna Municipality will get off its butt and tell us what’s going on.
Follow-up at www.knysnakeep.org/eskom-power-crisis-update.