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Eskom collapsing grid imminent, says Mazzone

As a sym­bol of pow­er out­ages, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) says on Mon­day it has thrown used match­sticks in front of Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza’s office.

Ordi­nary South Africans use match­sticks dur­ing rolling pow­er cuts to light can­dles and to pre­pare food on paraf­fin stoves.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa put him [Mabuza] in charge of a spe­cial cab­i­net com­mit­tee to look at Eskom’s crises and give reg­u­lar reports on what action to take.

DA Shad­ow Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Enter­pris­es, Natasha Maz­zone said this cri­sis remains a mas­sive threat to the coun­try as win­ter is com­ing and Eskom can­not keep the lights on.

Maz­zone said the ANC gov­ern­ment has been burn­ing through diesel reserves to keep the lights on until May 8.

“Eskom’s finan­cial black hole keeps get­ting dark­er and deep­er, it may need a R100-bil­lion a year over and above the R23-bil­lion a year it has already secured.

Eskom engi­neers con­firmed that they no longer have con­trol of the sys­tem and that the col­lapse of the grid is immi­nent, ”said Maz­zone.

Maz­zone said it left South Africa with­out pow­er because of ram­pant cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment at Eskom.

“Recent­ly, Eskom sub­ject­ed the coun­try to a week of stage 4 black­outs which result­ed from lack of main­te­nance and loot­ing at the state enter­prise by the ANC gov­ern­ment,” said Maz­zone.

Since then, said Maz­zone, it has applied a ban­dage on the gush­ing wound which is the Eskom cri­sis.

“Trea­sury expects this to run for at least 10 years. Instead of find­ing a sus­tain­able solu­tion to the prob­lems at Eskom, the ANC gov­ern­ment is burn­ing through a diesel at an alarm­ing rate which costs over R100 mil­lion per month,”

“This gov­ern­ment has no plan to fix Eskom, the only plan is how to loot the pub­lic purse dry.”

The DA will also con­tin­ue to request trans­paren­cy about the Chi­nese loans the gov­ern­ment has secured.

Maz­zone claim Chi­nese devel­op­ment agen­cies end­ed up own­ing pub­lic facil­i­ties after enchant­i­ng vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries world­wide into a debt trap.

DA can­not allow South Africa to fall for a trap because the ANC gov­ern­ment is fum­bling.

“We have long called for an effi­cient and trans­par­ent ener­gy sec­tor that offers cheap elec­tric­i­ty to the ben­e­fit of all South Africans,” added Maz­zone.

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