Shivambu claimed the electricity crisis was caused by Ramaphosa and friends, calling for him to step down with immediate effect.
Eskom welcomed the announcement by Ramaphosa, saying it is in full support of the measures to address the long-running electricity crisis.
“These reforms will go a long way towards easing the power generation constraints the country has been grappling with for some 14 years. The reforms will accelerate the end of load-shedding and will expand and grow the electricity generation industry through structural changes,” said the power utility.
“Particularly pleasing to Eskom was that government made the moves to empower Eskom to speedily acquire additional generation capacity from existing independent power producers with excess capacity, to acquire spares and equipment from original equipment manufacturers and the resources to increase the funding of the maintenance budget.”
It said it has already reached out to the National Society of Black Engineers to ascertain if its members are interested in assisting Eskom to bolster its skills.
The utility said its efforts to acquire battery energy storage systems are at an advanced stage, with further tranches of rollout to follow “imminently”.
“Eskom looks forward to playing its part in the rapid and effective implementation of the president’s plan, and will partner with government, regulators, labour and the private sector to ensure we can bring an end to load-shedding as soon as we can.”
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