Political parties weigh in on Eskom and load-shedding

Political pressure is mounting for action and an assurance to South Africans of stable, electricity supplies. But as rolling blackouts continue, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Political pressure is mounting for action and assurance to South Africans of stable electricity supplies.

But as rolling blackouts continue, this is becoming increasingly difficult.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected step in on Wednesday and is due to meet Eskom bosses and officials to thrash out the way forward.

Political parties have weighed in on the situation at the power utility.

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They have criticised Ramaphosa for going to Egypt while people are plunged into darkness and the country reached Stage 6 load-shedding for the first time.

On Tuesday, the DA took its concerns to Eskom Megawatt Park.

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The party wants the way cleared for independent power producers.

“What the president should be doing is be on the plane from Egypt right now and making sure he is in contact with that minister and saying for goodness sake we are in crisis, sign those applications,” said DA interim leader, John Steenhuisen.

Meanwhile, the EFF says Eskom is now paying the price for years of maintenance neglect.

“In the immediate, let us have a proper maintenance plans for all the existing power plants of Eskom, lets us cut off these independent power producers because they are not adding not even 5 percent of the energy but they are costing Eskom billions of rands in the framework that has been adopted by the current administration,” said EFF deputy president, Floyd Shivambu.

The ANC NEC met for two days and will brief the media on Wednesday, with load-shedding and Eskom no doubt high on the agenda.

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