Total blackout “unlikely” to occur according to WC Premier

 On the 16th of March this year, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, laid out the blackout contingency plan for the province, at the Western Cape Government’s weekly Energy Digicon. 

Premier Winde gave an outline of how the province is planning to deal with the energy crisis. He also gave an outline of the budget given to do so. 

“It is better to be overprepared for any eventuality than to be caught off guard,” says Winde. 

Winde also said that solving the country’s energy crisis would not come overnight. This is due to the country’s poor electrical infrastructure coming from equipment Winde says is “outdated.”

Colin Deiner, the Chief Director of the Disaster Management and Fire/Rescue Services, detailed the province’s blackout contingency plan. Deiner stressed that the plan has been put together, with the worst-case scenario put in mind. A worst-case scenario being a country-wide total blackout.

“Our job is to protect the province. We look at what is the worst thing that could happen and then we plan around that,” said Mr. Deiner. He stressed that the event of a total blackout would be extremely unlikely to happen as it stands.

Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien


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