The energy crisis is a socio-political tragedy with grave consequences for the economy. Those responsible for it must be brought to book.
The crisis is an indictment on the government and Eskom. Government's apology for lack of foresight is more a shattering confession than a mitigating factor. The apology is a plea of guilt. There is no guarantee that the government will not fall victim to lack of foresight again.
The matter also raises many questions about Eskom's ability to deliver and if there is any justification for relying on monopolies?
Perhaps it is time for Eskom to have competitors that will exploit other sources of energy. Maybe it is time for the government to consider helping Eskom by returning its billions of rands in taxes.
It is very unfortunate that most of the solutions that were mooted punish the poor. People in townships and rural areas experienced load shedding long before it was formerly acknowledged.
The complaints by mining houses and retailers indicate that our economy will suffer serious setbacks. The crisis proves that the 6percent economic growth is a pipe-dream.
We agree with Alec Erwin about "sabotage", but in a different context. Economic growth is being sabotaged and therefore a better life for all is also sabotaged. It is either ironic or comical that those responsible for the sabotage were tasked to find solutions.
Dan Habedi, Azapo secretary general