Ramaphosa in a rush home to resolve Eskom crisis

President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut his trip to Egypt short and is on his way back to the country in an effort to get to the bottom of power cuts that have worsened over the last few days.

He is set to meet with the senior leadership of Eskom over the next few days according to his office.

The president had traveled to Cairo, Egypt for an official visit in a bid to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

“President El-Sisi and I have concluded important & fruitful talks, which were aimed at strengthening and deepening our bilateral relations. Our discussions were held in a frank & open manner that was characterised by our commitment to forge a closer partnership,” said Ramaphosa a few hours ago in a media briefing alongside Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Christine Qunta, lawyer and public commentator feels Ramphosa should not have gone ahead with his visit to the north African country in the first place.

“Stage 4 is a national crisis. The President should have spoken to the country on Friday already. He should not have left the country but better late than never.”

In a statement responding to the escalation of load shedding to level 6 over the last twenty-four hours, Ramaphosa indicated that he had 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 that had malfunctioned at Medupi back to full capacity.