Martin Williams
3 minute read
11 Dec 2019
6:23 am

Let’s hope stage 6 load shedding shocked Ramaphosa

Martin Williams

Shocked, surprised, struck, whatever. Never a dull moment when a sleepwalker stirs.

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at Eskom’s Medupi Power Station in Lephalale and is received by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha and then-Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza, 25 November 2019. Picture: Presidency

Let’s hope Cyril Ramaphosa was startled when he heard Eskom was introducing stage 6 load shedding. It doesn’t take much to surprise him. We are accustomed to Ramaphosa being shocked about things he should have known. Monday’s letter “from the desk of the president” is gobsmacking. The reassuring tone is out of touch with the reality that Eskom introduced the toughest rolling blackouts in its 96-year history. The move forced mines to close, knocked the currency and created a media frenzy as folk scrambled to find the practical details of stage 6. Eskom in effect imposed an information blackout. Stage...