Tounge and Cheek

Tongue in cheek

Anon. E Mouse

According to a senior lead economist, the innumerable problems, as well as incompetency of Eskom is causing South Africa a whopping R1 billion per loadshedding stage per 24 hours. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said that Eskom is in a crisis and it could damage our economy. Really, as if we did not know that already.

Also, more loadshedding is on its way to allow Eskom to deal with their gargantuan maintenance problems. In all honesty, I must ask: Why didn’t they maintain the power plants in the first place? Oh right, not enough knowledgeable people to do the work.

“Eskom is currently facing massive problems of a structural, operational and financial nature,” the Minister said. At least he is not trying to deceive the masses or to keep them totally in the dark, only at specified times. Please check your loadshedding schedule for an update, etc. etc.

As if the above is not enough already, Greenpeace Africa “submitted comments to Environmental Consultants opposing Eskom’s application for postponements and suspensions from complying with South Africa’s Minimum Emission Standards (MES). We are worse than India and China combined with the disregard for standards. And, just to clarify: this is not the fault of the cattle emitting methane gas.

“Greenpeace Africa is vehemently opposed to Eskom’s application for further postponements and/or suspensions from air quality legislation. In the interests of realising our constitutional right to a healthy environment, absolutely no further postponements should be given to Eskom (or, indeed, any other entity).”  (South African government is ingenious when it comes to postponing the dismissal of the incompetent fat cats in high places.)

So, if all the above are taken into careful consideration, Eskom is not only killing the lights but also the poor, unfortunate souls that have to breathe this poisonous air. Mpumalanga is the largest NO2 air pollution hotspot in the world, and guess what? This is where we live. Fortunately, we in Sabie still have relatively clean air to breathe. Greenpeace is saying that it is unacceptable that Eskom is downplaying the health impacts and premature deaths from their coal-fired stations. This we know but prefer to ignore.

Is Eskom then seeking out a new licence to kill, as Greenpeace so succinctly stated the obvious? The conundrum then is as follows: Are we paying to breathe the toxic air that is a deadly side effect of the electricity produced that we cannot live without for to lead our modern lives? Just asking, you know…

 

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