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Thursday, March 09, 2006

A belated apology
In what they couldn't do in the run up to the local elections, the ANC government yesterday said sorry for the Eskom power outages that affected Capetonians over the past few weeks.

The government has largely been pushed into this position for two reasons; firstly, because the electorate sees Eskom as indistinct from government, and secondly, because the problems are set to continue, and government's silence on the issue is highly noticeable.

Joel Netshitenzhe said that government "profoundly regretted" the power outages and that "While investigations on the immediate causes of the disruption are continuing, the main focus at this juncture is to ensure that we minimise this."