President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the media after his meeting with the board and management of Eskom.
The President was slammed for leaving the country amidst a crisis at Eskom. He explains the purpose of his visit to Egypt and it’s importance.
“Let me start off by saying, I left the country for Egypt not to go on holiday, but to go and attend a peace summit and also have a working visit to have discussions with president El-Sisi who is the current chairperson of the African Union, seeing that he will be handing over to us (South Africa) it was important for us to go and also to exchange some views.
As we were midcourse on our journey we got to hear that the country had gone into stage 6 of load shedding and that surprised and shocked us. I immediately felt that I should cut my visit short and come back.”
He says a combination of a number of events led to the loss of energy being generated.
He added, “Many of our power stations have aged and that some are as old as 55 years and they have led to the challenges we face.”
In the meeting, the President and Eskom’s board came to the conclusion that the power utility needs an emergency recovery plan that is going to ensure that we get rid of load shedding.
Ramaphosa instructed all board members that all work-leave will be cancelled and if we are to have the system restored to stability all crucial members should avail themselves until January.
According to Ramaphosa, foul play is at hand and the power utility may have fall prey to sabotage. He says an investigation should be done to figure out how anyone could have disconnected the instrument that led to the loss of 2000 megawatts.
“We want security increased with immediate effect so that we have this whole electricity system under constant security surveillance so that no one ever gets an opportunity to embark on acts of sabotage”, he said.
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