President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to reassure the nation following Eskom’s shock implementation of stage 6 load shedding on Monday.
In a statement released by the Presidency on Monday night, Ramaphosa said the government is on a “bold path of rebuilding and restructuring” Eskom.
He said, “The energy challenges in this country will not be resolved overnight. 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.”
Anger, frustration is ‘understandable’
The President said he has been in constant communication with the Department of Public Enterprises and Eskom about the situation.
He said, “The ongoing load shedding is devastating for the country. It is causing our economy great harm and disrupting the lives of citizens.
“The anger and frustration that load shedding has caused is understandable. It is essential at this time that all stakeholders work together to restore adequate supply of electricity in the shortest time. We call on all South Africans to reduce consumption at this time.”
Ramaphosa added that “extreme weather” in parts of South Africa had compounded the electricity grid’s problems.
Back to stage 4
“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,” he explained.
The President said government is tackling the immediate challenges while putting long-term solutions in place.
Ramaphosa also “directed the Ministry of Public Enterprises as well as Eskom to continue to give regular updates and communication on the progress being made to restore the units back to full capacity.”
Meanwhile, Eskom announced late on Monday that it had reverted to stage 4 at 22:00, which will continue until 23:00 Tuesday.
It had earlier blamed a technical fault at Medupi power station and flooding at Kriel power station for escalating load shedding to stage 6.