Minister responds to DA's Eskom concerns

By Drum Digital
07 November 2014

Opposition parties should work with government and not cause "hysteria" on issues relating to Eskom, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said.

"Eskom is an easy target and can be bullied by all and sundry, while it, as a state-owned company, is required to take the blows without being permitted to respond in like fashion," Brown wrote in an open letter to DA MP Natasha Michael on Thursday.

"While those who whip up this kind of hysteria feel very pleased with themselves, they are, inadvertently I am sure, delivering a body blow to the creation of jobs and the growth of the economy."

Brown said social media websites like Twitter have a way of "shrillness and hyperbole" which inform communication and often lead to forms of hysteria.

She said Michael had a "general anti-Eskom communications campaign" which was conducted in traditional and new media.

Last week, Michael said a constant and clear flow of information is needed from Brown and Eskom about the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga.

"It is ridiculous that no information has been forthcoming from Minister Brown or Eskom on the nature of the problem at Majuba, and whether any further blackouts are likely," she said in a statement at the time.

She said the situation was a national crisis which could "wreck" the economy, destroy jobs, and disrupt the matric examinations.

Source : Sapa

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