WhatsApp Voice Note of Eskom grid collapse is fake

A fear-inducing voice note claiming the country’s electricity grid is on the verge of collapse is nonsense, says Eskom. The 4-minute long message has been widely circulated on WhatsApp and other platforms.

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In the voice note, a man, who claims to work for Old Mutual, can be heard claiming that board chair and former finance minister Trevor Manuel informed workers that President Cyril Ramaphosa is planning to declare a national state of disaster over the energy crisis.

The man claims the announcement is expected on 9 December, and on the same day the grid will “collapse” and take days or weeks to be restored. He then advises everyone to keep cash and canned food with them, just in case.

Eskom’s official account tweeted that the voice note was indeed fake and that its contents were simply not true. Phew!

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said Eskom would have 50 million litres of diesel immediately available from PetroSA, reports News24.

Gordhan said he was working with Eskom and Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to find a more permanent solution to the utility’s diesel challenge. When asked if extraordinary measures would be considered to fix Eskom, Gordhan said the government’s current plans should be given a chance.

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