The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to provide assurance that the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) planned national shutdown will not turn violent. The opposition party expressed concern over the potential for violence and destruction of property during the shutdown, citing previous instances of violence and looting during similar events.
Geordin Hill-Lewis, has issued a warning to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) against attempting a national shutdown in Cape Town. He stated that the city would not tolerate “that nonsense” and urged the EFF to follow democratic processes instead.
Local businesses say they are unable to cope with the continuous loadshedding and the financial implications are devastating.
Farmers in the Western Cape are worried about how badly the ongoing power cuts will impact on this season’s crop harvest.
The green groups are protesting against the Russian research vessel prospecting for oil and natural gas in the Antarctic.
The plan for Cape Town to free itself from Eskom is to provide protection from the first four stages of Eskom’s load-shedding within three years by issuing three major tenders and paying residents incentives for voluntary energy savings.
The City of Cape Town has allocated R17 million for generators and R117 million for fuel.
Tertius Simmers told supporters it was time for citizens to “take back their power” and that they were “gatvol of their lies”.
Powering up: Western Cape’s efforts to mitigate the impact of load shedding on the economy
Eskom is attempting to give the public more predictability by implementing stage 2 or 3 load shedding on a near-permanent basis for the next two to three years.