South African President Jacob Zuma was received such a warm welcome from Eskom staff and a choir that ululated when he entered the power utility’s offices in Sunninghill’s Megawatt Park in Johannesburg recently. Zuma, on a programme called Siyahlola (Monitoring) meant to visit villages and businesses in the country, said: “We’ve come to see what is happening. I am now aware that we are close to finishing a year without load shedding.
“I told the leadership of Eskom that I’m going to tell South African business that we are not going to have load shedding anymore because I was here‚” Zuma told the staff after a presentation from Eskom on how the state-owned utility had solved the load-shedding problem in the country. “It was a big worry for me when load shedding was happening. I believe that the decisions that were taken were correct. Eskom’s CEO told me that there will never be a load shedding again here.”
Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane added: “We have enjoyed the relationship between ourselves and the Office of the President. We are honoured to have President Jacob Zuma here.”
During his State of the Nation Address in February‚ Zuma announced that government would provide support to state-owned companies like Eskom‚ while implementing the reforms that would make them more effective in delivering on their mandates.