Ramaphosa, ministers ‘still pondering’ over load-shedding crisis

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa held a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
  • The main item on the agenda was load shedding.
  • Hours after the cabinet meeting began, Ramaphosa and his executive were still deliberating on solutions.

Hours after Cyril Ramaphosa held a cabinet meeting to discuss the country’s energy crisis, the President and his ministers were still deliberating reports presented by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The president held a scheduled cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss various issues, but the country’s energy crisis was the main one.

Ramaphosa cut short his visit to the UK on Monday to specifically address the country’s load-shedding crisis.

The cabinet meeting started at 8 a.m. – but late in the afternoon, Cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams said the executive was still deliberating.

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She said a full overview of the government’s response will be provided after interventions are planned.

Williams said the government is committed to finding a solution to load shedding.

“The cabinet also discussed the issue of load shedding, which has disrupted business activity over the past week and caused inconvenience to households across the country.

“The Cabinet regretted that there will be a temporary load-shedding as the government vigorously promotes the interventions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July 2022 to get out of the country’s surmountable energy crisis.

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“Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan today delivered a briefing on Eskom’s capacity and a progress report from the Technical Committee of the National Energy Crisis Board. The Cabinet is still deliberating on these reports and announcements will be made after further interventions.

“Meanwhile, the Cabinet remains committed to solving the country’s energy security problem and welcomes the concerted efforts of the government and stakeholders to find a lasting solution to end load shedding,” Williams said.

Ramaphosa is under political pressure to deal with the energy crisis.

On the one hand, he has been pressured by the EFF to fire Eskom’s executive for the “arrogance” that has plunged the country into load-shedding.

In the meantime, the DA believes a more comprehensive approach to addressing the energy crisis is needed and that Eskom will be declared a state of disaster.