Some voters now reluctant to head to the polls because of load shedding

Homes, offices and businesses are expected to endure a week of daily power cuts after the utility ramped up loadshedding to stage 4 in order to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid.

FILE: Voters being assessed before they can cast their votes at Rantailane Secondary School, in Ga-Rankuwa on 19 May, 2021. Due to COVID19 regulations and the space of the voting station, only one voter is permitted at a time. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Just five days ahead of the local government elections, Eskom’s battle to keep the lights on appears to have affected potential voters with some now threatening not to cast their ballots.

Homes, offices and businesses are expected to endure a week of daily power cuts after the utility ramped up load shedding to stage 4 in order to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid.

The power utility was already implementing stage 2 power cuts.

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Just days before the country heads to the polls, South Africans have been plunged into darkness again.

With annoying frequency, some residents said failure to keep the lights on would likely affect how they voted come Monday.

"Most definitely, I know it will affect the voting," one resident said. While another said: "I think it reaffirms that the ANC has to go."

The power utility has noted that it expects two generating units to return to service on Wednesday and for Koeberg Unit 1 to return to service by Friday to ensure you don’t cast your vote potentially by candlelight.

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