PHILIPSBURG – Many residents and businesses on St. Maarten today are yet again affected by the continued power outages plaguing the Dutch side of the island since last week. The multiple outages per day, sometimes up to 4 times a day in certain districts, are causing amongst other grievances, internet service disruptions. This further hampers many residents and businesses that may have power but no internet connection as the area in which the internet providers are located might be done at that time.
GEBE further compounds the frustration many residents and businesses experience due to the frequent power outages as they are not communicating the load shedding schedule in a timely manner. For instance, today GEBE posted the below message on their Facebook page at approx. 10.30 am when the load shedding had already begun in certain areas. Also no time is communicated what district will be affected at what time. This results in many residents and businesses not being able to take precautionary measures in order to alleviate the lack of power somewhat.
Management of GEBE, and the Minister in charge of GEBE, is urgently being requested to be more proactive in their communication about possible load shedding as per a pre-set load shedding schedule so residents and businesses know in advance exactly when they will be affected. That is the least that can be done to minimize the frustration that is being felt in the community and damage that these unannounced power interruptions are causing to an already very weak economy.