‘We can no longer afford the blackmail that Eskom is too big to fail’: Stinging words at Nedlac summit

The belief that Eskom needs to be saved no matter the cost is tantamount to blackmail and hampering the supply of sustainable electricity to SA, the convener of the Nedlac community constituency said on Tuesday.

2021-12-07 08:12:00 PM

The belief that Eskom needs to be saved no matter the cost is tantamount to blackmail and hampering the supply of sustainable electricity to SA, the convener of the Nedlac community constituency said on Tuesday.

The belief that Eskom needs to be saved no matter the cost is tantamount to blackmail and hampering the supply of sustainable electricity to SA, the convener of the Nedlac community constituency said on Tuesday.

Usingload-sheddingas an example, Tshefuta said the plight of households and communities was as important as the plight of the economy.The effects of load-shedding were felt not only by big business but also pupils writing matric exams and whose futures were written off as a result.

It also hampered communities’ability to eat and damaged people's appliances, he said.“You buy a kettle, there is load-shedding, the kettle is damaged, you must go and buy another.”The pandemic had laid barefault lines in SA’s economy such as poverty and inequality, which had been worsened as people lost their jobs during the lockdowns.

The changing nature of work in SA was not as a result of the formal sector’s wishes but was the result of people who lost their jobs during the lockdowns and turning to the informal sector to survive.“Those are the channels through which we must begin to support other sectors of the  economy,” said Tshefuta.  headtopics.com

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It was also important to change the relationship communities had with infrastructure, he said. “Communities must no longer be passive consumers of infrastructure that government will come and deliver, but must be empowered with the necessary skills so they are active agents for the delivery of that infrastructure.

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