COSATU in the Western Cape welcomes the fairer distribution of load-shedding announced by the City of Cape Town. This revised load shedding schedule really only confirms the fact that the City’s old load-shedding schedule was prejudicing the poor areas, whilst benefitting the wealthy old White areas.
COSATU will continue to monitor the load-shedding schedule and ensure that the City does not revert back to its old practices of only letting the poor experience load-shedding, whilst the rich White areas were exempt.
The load-shedding should in fact take socio-economic status of areas into account. The wealthy have many more options for alternative energy than poor households, so they should carry more of the load-shedding burden. Getting the City to stop its racist practices is an ongoing battle, but we are winning small victories to end the City of Cape Town’s discrimination against the poorer black areas
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions