CAROL PATON: Low-key election campaign but with many electricity moments
It was clear from the first ANC election campaign foray — sending its most popular leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, into his heartland of Soweto — that electricity was going to be a big issue in this municipal election.
Soweto was disgruntled. The suburb has chronic electricity problems. While much is made of the debt owed by consumers to Eskom — now R7.5bn after a R5.3bn write-off — the service is sporadic due to frequent fires in substations caused by overloading. Illegal connections and multiple connections to backyard dwellers from main dwellings are responsible. ..