Loosening Eskom’s grasp will be a delicate business
17 March 2021
The stand-out item in the Western Cape’ government’s budget, apart from its determination not to be caught napping by another wave of Covid -19 infections, was aportioning R70 million to assist six municipalities in generating, buying and selling their own electricity.
The idea is to avoid the tsunami of load-shedding we have been promised for the next five years by the Eskom state monopoly. That is how long it hopes it will take to fix the shambles left of the national power system it inherited from its former managerial kleptocracy.
Unlike other budget promises we have heard from other levels of government this one appears to have determination to make it a reality.
But while hope springs eternal that some part of government can make a discernible positive impact on our lives, and the Western Cape’s government is better by far than most, it is not going to be easy.