If you’ve been surprised by the ever changing load shedding schedule this week, you’re not alone – even Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been left in the dark
Mboweni took to social media to off-load about load shedding in the early hours on Saturday morning.
It appears the outage caught the minister and his team at work drafting the budget speech, which is scheduled to be presented to Parliament on Wednesday.
“As the Core Budget Speech drafting Team was working, load shedding! We had to adjourn! So frustrating. Ku Rough! But, the sun will rise tomorrow and we shall soldier on,” he tweeted.However, sympathy for Mboweni was severely lacking as Twitter uses expressed their outrage.
Some suggested he use the downtime to contemplate the effect the rolling blackouts have had on small businesses.
Sir, at least you have the tax payer sponsoring you. Please spare a thought for small and medium businesses who are SUFFERING massive losses due to loadshedding as a result of your party’s looting, and who does not have the tax payer or anyone else to help financially. Thank you
— Jeandré Lennox (@jeandre_lennox) February 21, 2020
But Minister, the load shedding is no longer a joke, the rise in retrenchments and unemployment can be largely attributed to load shedding, it has a multiple effect. Iknowso many businesses that have lost sales but have to pay rent and have closed down
— NtombiKaShuku (@ka_shuku) February 22, 2020
The very same small business that suffer from this load shedding have never been assisted by this Government yet they are now forced to close down due to rent and other expenses not being paid
— Mvelo ye Ndalo (@MzwakheMtimkul2) February 22, 2020
Welcome to our lives, at least you are still earning a salary during loadshedding unlike millions of us SA’s whose businesses have to close during this never ending nightmare your party have created 🤷🏽♀️😡
— AngieStone (@QueenBadegg) February 22, 2020
That the Team that is supposed to plan for our entire country failed to plan for Loadshedding should be much more concerning to you than your actual speech or the budget itself 🤔
— Rowan Spies (@Ma1sekint) February 22, 2020