Thursday, January 19, 2023

Western Cape urges President Cyril Ramaphosa to take load shedding seriously

The Western Cape Government has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national government to take the energy crisis seriously.



According to the province, load shedding is causing an economic disaster.

This comes after the country is currently going through its worst bout of load shedding since last year.

On Tuesday, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde wrote to President Ramaphosa asking him to act immediately.

Winde said the president needs to respond to the crisis.

“It is causing horrific damage across our economy and infringes on the fundamental rights of our citizens”.

“The silence from national government to its citizens and the other spheres of government, that could be his allies in addressing this crisis, is deafening,” he lamented.

Winde then highlighted the effect of power cuts on the regional economy is affecting the agriculture sector.

“The impact on the agricultural sector in the Western Cape is of major concern, taking into account amongst many others, that product temperature is not allowed to move beyond specific tolerance levels until products are purchased by consumers, and that irrigation systems cannot in the event of load shedding at stage 4 and above, cope with the water demand needs of plants during summer months.,” said the Premier.

 

Done by: Evangelista Muza

 

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