Kevin Hustler, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber said; “Following Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona’s address to the nation on 15 January 2015, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber urges him to lead Eskom in doing all things possible to ensure a minimal impact on business during the inevitable upcoming periods of load shedding.”
Hustler warned that load shedding is a high risk situation for our country, and encouraged that everything must be done to ensure sustainability and protect jobs in sectors such as manufacturing and retail that will otherwise surely be lost.
South Africa finds itself a very precarious position that threatens business and the economy, along with every household in the country. The quality and reliability of power and electricity infrastructure is a major cause of instability for business in Nelson Mandela Bay. The current situation at Eskom adds considerably to the pressure under which business already finds itself. This increases the challenge of doing business to uncompetitive and nearly unsustainable levels.
Eskom’s problems are severely impacting business, the economy, our country and its people with business faced with having to make crippling compromises as a result of poor decisions, financial mismanagement and a shocking lack of planning and maintenance on the part of the parastatal. “We advocate for nothing less than the complete transparency promised by Eskom as business and citizens alike begin to walk the difficult road ahead,” said Hustler
Eskom’s failure has damaged South Africa as a player on the global economic stage.
Hustler called on the implementation of change with immediate effect saying that; “… the situation must be treated like the emergency it is to ensure that South Africa as a whole can pull through this with its economy intact.”
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