DBE Says Contingency Plans In Place As Eskom Warned Not To Use Rolling Blackouts As Bargaining Tool For More Money

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says Eskom’s power cut announcement is “extremely unfortunate” as it coincides with the start of the matric exams.

Speaking from China, departmental spokesman, Elijah Mhlanga said the extent of the impact of the blackouts has not yet been established, but reassured that “contingency plans are always put in place to accommodate situations of this nature.”

Eskom said it will cut up to 2000 megawatts of power from the national grid from Wednesday due to a shortage of generating capacity starting at 9am.

Mhlanga added that the DBE is engaging Eskom on the matter.

The DA, also expressed concern over the impact of the blackouts on the 2019 Matric Exams.

“The DA has been receiving concerned calls from principals and teachers across the country, regarding the impact of rolling blackouts on today’s Computer Application Technology practical exam,” the party said in a statement.

The DA added that the embattled power utility is “more concerned about funding Eskom’s deteriorating operations than the actual job of making it a profitable, efficient and stable energy producer.”

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