He said countless small, medium and micro enterprises had gone under as they could not absorb the effect of load-shedding.
“Those who work part-time find that they are not being called for cancelled shifts. Those who heavily rely on the internet for an income are totally hamstrung for hours in a day.
“Households have been made to replace appliances at an unprecedented rate as load-shedding and power surges damage their electronics and devices.”
He said Eskom has to be held responsible for load-shedding.
“When one considers that it has been continuing for more than a decade, the cost to the economy becomes apparent — and that continued load-shedding will only wipe out what little is left of it.”
This, Kwankwa said, justified why public representatives have to pay heed to the crisis by debating the matter and crafting a plan for the future to take SA out of the quagmire. He said Eskom should be summoned to appear before the public enterprises portfolio committee.
“It is time that the executive management at Eskom be held responsible for this mess. Heads must roll,” he said.
Eskom introduced stage 6 load-shedding on Tuesday afternoon with CEO Andre de Ruyter saying the power utility was experiencing unprotected strikes, leading to staff shortages which were also causing delays in maintenance and repairs.
De Ruyter said Eskom had an unplanned loss of 14,204MW and this was being made worse by shortages of coal and labour.