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A voice note circulating around the country is claiming that South Africans can expect up to 14 days of total power outages.
However, Eskom has said that while the identity of the man responsible for the voice note is unknown, “Eskom is aware of a viral message seeking to cause panic doing the rounds, purporting to be from the Chairman of Old Mutual. There is no basis to the recording.”
The person claimed that the Board Chair and former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel had informed workers that President Cyril Ramaphosa intended to declare a National State of Disaster over the Energy Crisis.
The voice note additionally stated that on 9 December 2022 it was suspected that a total power outage would be implemented, lasting between four to 14 days.
Whereby he stated that not only would no business be able to operate, but South Africans would be unable to purchase diesel as the fuel would be used for hospital and old age homes’ generator capacity. The man underlined how the total blackout would impact internet banking, cellphone signals, and ATMs would be shut down.
To listen to the voice note, click play below.
Causing considerable unease, the voice note comes on the back of Eskom saying on Sunday, 20 November 2022 that it had run out of cash to buy diesel and only planned to order on 1 April 2023. This, a statement which has left the average person wondering what the next few months hold for the country.
Furthermore, during a briefing last week, Eskom Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said that since 1 April 2022, Eskom had spent R12 billion on diesel and could not continue. Once again, leaving South Africans to their own imaginations as to what the next few months hold.
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Therefore, it is understandable that the public reaction would be so considerable, but as clarified by Eskom, is nothing more than fiction.
However and providing some clarity on the matter, due to the risk of higher levels of loadshedding in the coming months, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, held an urgent meeting with Eskom Board members.
In a statement, the department said, “The DPE (Department of Public Enterprises) is urgently working with National Treasury and Eskom for it to find the money to buy supplies of diesel.”
Hopefully, this answers the question regarding this infamous voice note. Share your views in the comment section below.