Tuesday, February 21, 2006

DA says minister must take responsibility for power outages

The Democratic Alliance says the minister of minerals and energy should take full responsibility for the power outages that hit large parts of the country over the weekend and continue to affect certain areas. Gauteng and the Western Cape were hit by power cuts on Sunday - but parts of the Western Cape were left without power for several hours again today. DA spokesperson Hendrik Schmidt says government has known for years that electricity demand is increasing, but no investments have been made in new generating or distribution capacity. He says this poor planning has been made worse by the skills shortage within Eskom.

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