After South Africans faced more rotational load shedding this past weekend, callers on the Eusebius McKaiser share their frustrations.
Eskom says it will be implementing stage four load shedding on Monday from 9am.
Caller Dean says he doesn't understand why Eskom needs to purchase energy from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) as opposed to these IPPs providing energy to municipalities directly?
If IPPs are selling to Eskom directly, then it defeats the purpose of them being independent.— Dean, Caller
Another caller Chris says the power utility is lying when it says IPPs are too expensive and it can't afford them.
In 2009 the Department of Energy started the feeding tariff programme for renewables in the country and all that money was ringfenced in the department of energy. So when Eskom keeps saying that IPPs are unaffordable, it is a complete lie as all that money belonged to the department of energy.— Chris, Caller
They are using this excuse to bad mouth these IPPs which we need to survive, and it is time for the public to realise that Eskom has hoodwinked them.— Chris, Caller
Eusebius says his take on the Eskom crisis is a simple one.
You need to deal with your political faves, I don't have political faves, and I don't regard myself as a cynic, but I am a skeptic. I think healthy skepticism is a rational way to approach public debate and discussion.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
I am sorry, but when Pravin Gordhan says it is really bad news for the country that we have stage 4 load shedding and when the president says that all of us need to club together and problem solve this Eskom debacle that we are in, I ask myself why you are asking us to solve this problem. Get out of here.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
The genesis of the problem is ANC looting it is not a singular bad weather event in Mozambique.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
This current load shedding started at least four or five weeks ago and surely the way in which you design an SOE whose job it is to supply us with energy with a predictable price evolution that allows investors to be able to know what the cost of doing business will be in your country.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
And therefore to be incentivised to come and do work in your country that will hopefully have a multiplying effect in terms of creating jobs and the security of the supply itself.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
That is the singular and sole goal of Eskom has, so if you have the right men and women in charge over 30, 40 50 year period. Then part of what they will put in place are contingency plans for bad weather.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
Part of what will be in place will be maintenance plans that are so well rehearsed, that maintenance will never be a problem.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
So all these explanations that we got for the reasons for stage 4 load shedding are absolute BS. Because the real problem is simple and that is that the Gupta chickens are still roosting.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
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