President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced far-reaching measures to address South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis in his latest ‘family meeting’ on Monday.

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In his speech, Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that over the next three months Eskom will add new generation capacity on an urgent basis.

Surplus capacity will be bought from independent power producers (IPPs), Ramaphosa confirmed.

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Cyril Ramaphosa added that Eskom will also now purchase additional power from mines, shopping centres and factories.

It will also import power from Botswana and Zambia, and will use mobile generators. 

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Furthermore, President Ramaphosa established a power crisis committee that will include the department of public enterprising, the department of environment, forestry and fisheries, the department of mineral resources and energy, SAPS and the Treasury.

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Ramaphosa said that the various entities would be harnessed to stabilise the energy generation.

In closing, Ramaphosa reiterated that the ultimate objective is to achieve long-term electricity stability so that Mzansi never experiences shortages in future.


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