CAPE TOWN, South Africa – SA musician, The Kiffness, has gone viral for his comedic parody song that has aptly encapsulated the struggles many in the country have been facing when it comes to load shedding.
South Africans assumed that our days of load shedding were behind us, but it proved too good to be true and on Wednesday Eskom made an unexpected announcement that load shedding returned due to a “shortage of capacity”.
The power utility in a statement confirmed that its electrical system has been severely constrained this past week.
“As a result of the loss of additional generation, delays in the return to service of units that are on planned maintenance and limited diesel supply, it has become necessary to implement stage 2 rotational load shedding in order to protect the power system from a total collapse.”
The Kiffness, real name David Scott, dropped the now-viral video on Thursday summing up the struggles on power cuts set to the beat of Eminem’s song ‘Without Me’.
The Kiffness recently made headlines when he criticised the SABC for not paying artists needle time royalties to the South African Music Performance Rights Association (Sampra).
In the lengthy post to his website and social networks, Scott detailed how he recently joined Sampra who is in charge of artist their royalty fees for artists and musicians when their music is played publicly. He was shocked to discover that the Sampra owed him more than R60 000 in needle time royalties and was equally shocked to find out the SABC hasn’t paid them a cent.
“I refuse to let the SABC exploit and play any of my music until they start paying artists what’s owed to them,” he said.
Source Cape Argus