CAPE TOWN – South Africa finds itself in the grip of severe electricity shortages, with President Cyril Ramaphosa pledging decisive action to tackle the ongoing crisis that has left households and businesses grappling with frequent power cuts.
The situation escalated to stage four load shedding, translating to at least six hours of power cuts per day, mere hours after Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday night.
Speaking to reporters at the annual Presidential Golf Challenge in Cape Town on Friday, Ramaphosa acknowledged the profound impact of the relentless load shedding on the nation.
“It is a constant problem for South Africans. We know that and everybody feels it. It’s not comfortable at all. In fact, it does sometimes invoke a lot of anger,” remarked President Ramaphosa.
Despite assurances of efforts to find a lasting solution, Ramaphosa refrained from providing a specific timeframe for the end of load shedding, citing the complexity of the issue and the risk of making promises that cannot be fulfilled.
“You give them a date and there’s load shedding, thereafter they say you’re lying, you’re making empty and false promises. We’re not going to do that,” he emphasized.
The president’s comments came in the wake of his State of the Nation Address, where he had expressed optimism about the prospect of resolving the power crisis.
Meanwhile, Eskom, the state-owned power utility, has intensified load shedding to stage four, exacerbating the strain on an already fragile electricity grid.
Ramaphosa assured the public that the government was fully committed to addressing the issue, with the electricity minister now actively engaging with Eskom to find viable solutions.
As South Africans grapple with the disruptive consequences of load shedding, the government faces mounting pressure to deliver on its promises and restore stability to the country’s power supply.