Load shedding has been affecting many people thus far, surprisingly the president's residence in Cape Town is always alight despite outcry from people.
For many neighbors of Ramaphosa, it has become a mystery why his house always has lights when their homes are experiencing load shedding. Does the load shedding affect certain individuals only and the top citizens does do not worry about it at all? For many Cape Town dwellers, the load shedding has lingered with the city for over 14 years and has affected their lives badly. As a result of load shedding, many Capetonians have lost their jobs. Business owners have been forced to take their money meant for investment using it for buying generators instead. This has caused low productions as businesses are interrupted on daily basis.
The load shedding does not only affect people while at work, but when they get home the same story is repeated. For the poorest communities, it is a fear to be in the dark as crime becomes to be more than in daylight. When the streets lights go out it gives the thugs big opportunities to strike and steal from the poor people. With no power, these poor people are forced to cook their food on open fires which if it goes out of control will destroy their homes or even lives. Learners struggle with their school work especially those in poor communities as they are forced to do homework using a candle for light.
But according to sources they are one individual who does not suffer from load shedding, president Ramaphosa. The DA received some evidence that during power cuts the president's two mansions are not affected. The two houses at Fresnaye are always beaming in the golden rays of the lights. The president and his cabinet have failed the country for fourteen years with the devastating results of load shedding. The DA has since promised to make this issue their mandate and has since put the people out of load shedding by using the Steenbras hydroelectric scheme. They have made some recommendations to the electricity regulation Act. They also asked the president to read the article to understand what load-shedding means to many poor communities of the country. The fact that his home is a generator-powered mansion high up against a signal hill. He is urged to put the poor people's interest at heart by getting a read of Gwede Mantashe and replacing him with a new energy minister who will embrace and help facilitate Cape Town's plan to end load shedding permanently.
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