Presidential Spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, says President Cyril Ramaphosa deeply regrets the current energy situation, which has seen Eskom implement Stage 6 load shedding.
On Thursday, 12 January, Magwenya was updating the public on the President’s public programme and topical issues.
RAMAPHOSA REGRETS LOAD SHEDDING
Magwenya said Ramaphosa has acknowledged the frustration of households, parents, and learners who have commenced the school calendar year facing power shortages.
“The devastation to small businesses and the adverse impact to the economy remains severe for South Africa’s recovering economy,” Magwenya said during the briefing.
Giving an update on the National Energy Plan, Magwenya said that Ramaphosa convened a National Energy Crisis Committee composed of Ministers and various technical work stream leaders on 15 December 2022.
While the President acknowledged some of the progress made in the executing elements of the National Energy Plan, he further demanded more urgency and speed in implementing all priority areas and actions in the plan.
“To date, President Ramaphosa remains seized with finding a sustainable solution to the current energy crisis. The President has been regularly briefed on the situation at Eskom and the rollout of the National Energy Plan.
“More engagements are scheduled for today and tomorrow for a review of the situation and direction on urgent measures that must be undertaken to mitigate against the impact of load shedding,” Magwenya added.
Meanwhile, despite South Africans being subjected to rolling blackouts and Eskom currently implementing Stage 6 load shedding indefinitely, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has granted Eskom an 18.65% tariff hike for the 2023/24 financial year starting on 1 April.
According to energy analyst, Tshepo Kgadima, said electricity tariffs have increased by a whopping 753% over the last ten years.
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