Making a plan

2008-02-01 00:00

In recent weeks, from the spate of outages to the accusations and excuses in Parliament on Wednesday, South Africans have all had to get to grips with the electricity crisis, and most of us, now, have accepted that load shedding and its consequences have become part of our lives. But what remains so annoying is that there has still been no real acceptance of culpability, but instead plenty of buck-passing, which has never allowed us to identify clearly who should be held directly accountable.

The problem is, reportedly, that monopolistic Eskom, obsessed with profit margins, and prepared to pay only half of what it charges for electricity, will not pay a fair price for power and energy. So, although these sources are more environmentally friendly than coal-fired power and, although the necessary infrastructure could be quickly installed, those involved are reluctant to go ahead without the certainty that Eskom will continue to purchase their power, and at a fair price, once the crisis eases. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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