Disruptive Power Supply Will Undermine Economic Development and Job Creation

06 November 2014.

 

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal raised its concerns that load shedding and unannounced power cuts seem to hang over the heads of captains of industry and ordinary citizens like the Sword of Damocles. 

"Disruptions to power supplies as a result of the collapsed coal storage silo at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga does nothing to instil investor confidence in our economy. International companies seeking to invest in KwaZulu-Natal need to be assured that uncertain power supplies will not jeopardise their investments. Eskom needs to get its house in order and take urgent steps to ensure that its infrastructure is well maintained since failure to do so will only serve to frustrate big business and force them to relocate to neighbouring countries," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL. 

"To make matters worse the newly appointed CEO of Eskom, Tshediso Matona in briefing the media at 23:00 on Saturday night referred to a "crack" in the silo when in fact the silo had collapsed 10 hours earlier. This goes to prove that either he was not properly informed or that he was attempting to mislead the public. Either way it is unacceptable. The silo that collapsed is only 13 years old and is reported to have a design life of 50 years. We then question the reliability of the construction work done on the power plant and when the next disaster can strike," continued Mr Gwala. 

"With this kind of uncertainty from the power utility, we cannot expect business to invest in our province and for us to be in a position to reduce the unemployment rate. Eskom has to provide clear and positive assurances that it can maintain an uninterrupted supply of power to the country as a whole in order for South Africa to be seen as an investment destination," concluded Mr Gwala.

 

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842 

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675