President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the outrage caused by the latest development at Eskom. The politician says that the power cuts are causing immense harm to the economy and disrupting lives.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the news of Eskom implementing Stage 6 load-shedding.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance wants Ramaphosa to call off a trip to Egypt in order to deal with the fallout from the failing power utility.
The Presidency responded to the situation with a statement on Monday evening, commenting that:
"Our immediate priority is to get as much generating capacity back on line within the shortest possible time. Eskom's emergency response command centre and technical teams are working around the clock to fix multiple breakdowns."
Despite the new level culling 6 000MW from the national grid, Ramaphosa has defended the efforts to turn the SOE around:
"The extreme weather in several parts of the country over the last week has compounded the problems of an electricity grid that was already under great strain. We have set out on a bold path of restructuring and rebuilding. Despite the setbacks of the past week, we are making progress and will steadily begin to see the fruits of these efforts."
Fin24 reports that Ramaphosa has been in contact with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom leadership in a bid to understand the situation facing South Africa's grid.
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