- Pravin Gordhan has said that Eskom's issues are being addressed, but asked the public to be patient
- He also asked citizens to help Eskom by reducing their electricity consumption
- Additionally, the Public Enterprises Minister insisted that the crisis at the power utility was not the result of a failure of governance
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan held a press conference today to address the current situation at Eskom.
He was joined by Jabu Mabuza, Eskom board chair, and Phakamani Hadebe, Group CEO.
At the briefing, Gordhan told the media that Eskom's energy woes were not a sign of a failure of governance.
Gordhan also laid most of the blame for Eskom's problems at the feet of state capture. He added that there were certain governance issues, but that these had been addressed by Cyril Ramaphosa.
As evidence, he cited the various commissions of inquiry into state capture and Shamila Batohi's appointment as head of the NPA, according to Eyewitness News.
Nevertheless, Gordhan described the task of rehabilitating the power utility as a "huge struggle" and said that it would likely take up to two years.
He promised to provide the public with more information within the next two weeks.
In addition, City Press reported that Gordhan pledged that load-shedding would not progress beyond stage 4.
The Public Enterprises Minister also called on South Africans to help Eskom by reducing their electricity consumption.
He said he understood the public's concerns, but called for patience as the issues were being resolved.
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