The load shedding week that was: 4-10 Feb 2008

12 February 2008

Three DA stories focused on load shedding last week:

  • DA health spokesman Mike Waters announced last Thursday that the DA would send its own public representatives to visit hospitals to check how the power cuts were affecting hospitals and whether their generators were operational. This was after Stephen Diza died because load shedding prevented doctors in Polokwane from operating on him.
  • DA public enterprises spokesman Manie van Dyk said last Tuesday that he would pose questions to the minister to determine what the position was with regard to claims for compensation against Eskom from those who have suffered losses as a result of load shedding. He said individual consumers were being hit hard by the ongoing and often unplanned power outages, which often damaged appliances and caused food to be destroyed.
  • On a lighter note, Hansard, the official record of parliamentary proceedings, does not agree with minister of minerals and energy Buyelwa Sonjica’s version of recent events in parliament. She claimed that she had merely been chastising the DA’s Tony Leon and had never told South Africans to go to sleep early. According to Leon, not only is Hansard clear, “but anyone who was there would have noticed that the minister was reading from a prepared text and not speaking extempore.”

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