“Recent load shedding and impending water restrictions are the result of poor planning and a lack of astute leadership by a government that has lost the plot,” said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.

“This government has clearly demonstrated that it does not have the capacity to resolve the crisis that has led to many parastatals being dysfunctional. One just has to look at the state of affairs at Eskom, Telkom, SAA and the Post Office to name but a few, to realise that as a country we are being led into darkness and despair by a government that lacks leadership and ability to govern. Load shedding, water restrictions, non-delivery of mail, escalating crime and large scale job losses are sending shivers of uncertainty into all sectors of society and casts a gloomy picture as the festive season approaches. Our government needs to ask itself: how can its citizens look forward to the festive season when these dark clouds are hanging over their heads,” continued, Mr Blessed Gwala.

“In September this year Eskom applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and was granted permission to amend its load shedding protocol to reduce damage to the economy. This means that residential areas will be affected to a larger extent by load shedding. Whilst we can accept that, we need to protect the economy, we need to consider the plight of those thousands of families who depend on home industries and SMMEs that are situated in residential areas. We have always encouraged people to follow the IFP-espoused value of self-help and self-reliance and they have been successful in earning a decent living but now there is uncertainty. This government must get its act together quickly and instil confidence in its ability to govern this country”, concluded Mr Gwala.