Due to unlawful industrial action, Stage 6 loadshedding will regretfully be implemented at 16:00 until 22:00 this evening. Stage 4 will then continue to be implemented until midnight.
But how did we get to this point? Well, many critics are quick to accuse Andre de Ruyter. Load shedding has intensified during his tenure as CEO, but the big boss has always maintained that he was left with an almighty mess to clear-up. He blames this latest crisis on the following factors:
Eskom executives remain hopeful that striking workers can come to an agreement with the firm in the next few days. But, if they don’t, South Africa could be plunged into an unprecedented level of darkness. Andre de Ruyter, meanwhile, says he WILL NOT consult with Cyril Ramaphosa.
“We are reaping the fruits of a number of decisions that were made, or not made previously, such as defects in plants. These decisions were taken by previous Eskom management, and right now, there is unlawful strike action.”
“The solution is as quickly as possible, introduce new capacity. Eskom is not the only roleplayer here – others must be involved. I don’t intend on speaking to President Ramaphosa about this. Workers are engaged in illegal actions, so we can’t blame Eskom.”
Andre de Ruyter