Department of Education requests Eskom to keep the lights on

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Department of Basic Education, Public Enterprises and Eskom managers led by CEO André de Ruyter held a virtual meeting on Thursday afternoon. The meeting was attended by managers from the Department of Public Enterprises led by Director-General Kgathatso Tlhakudi, Department of Basic Education  Acting Director-General Dr Granville Whittle who was accompanied by a team of managers.

The purpose of the meeting was to deliberate on the impact of load-shedding on basic education in general and the National Senior Certificate examinations in particular.

The Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education Elijah Mhalnga said the Department tabled a set of proposal to Eskom for serious consideration. “The first is that consideration must be made for load shedding to be avoided when the South African Sign Language Home Language (SASL HL), is written on 23 and 30 November as it requires laptops and other assistive devices.”

The second proposal was for Eskom to suspend the load shedding every evening,from Sunday to Thursday, for four hours across the country from 19h00 to 23h00. “This would allow learners to prepare for the examination to be written the following morning.

“Suspend load shedding across the 194 marking centres. Marking process starts on 8 December to 22 December 2021. Suspend load shedding across the 37 capture from 11 December 27 December 2021.”

Eskom said the proposals would be considered and that a team would be assembled to see how these measures would be implemented.De Ruyter indicated that other sectors had also made similar requests and that Eskom would consider the recommendations

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