On Saturday, 16 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Tutuka Power Station in Eskom, Mpumalanga Province, as part of a supervisory visit. The country is currently going through one of the darkest periods of load shedding, with the president recently announcing that he will address the nation on the ongoing energy crisis.
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Ramaphosa visits ESKOM factory
Ramaphosa was received by Energy and Public Enterprises Ministers Gwede Mantashe and Pravin Gordhan, Mpumalanga Governor Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane and Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and Tutuka Power Station General Manager Sello Mametja also attended the meeting.
Ramaphosa will spend the day engaging with Eskom management and staff at different power plants “to understand the challenges affecting the parastatal energy generation fleet”, the presidential palace said.
On Thursday, July 14, Ramaphosa’s spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, confirmed that the president will announce the government’s contingency plan to deal with the growing load shedding crisis.
A date for the address has not been set, but Magwinya said Ramaphosa would speak to the people of South Africa after consulting with energy experts. ABC News.
“There’s a lot of work going on, and the president is pushing that this will eventually lead to a credible, tangible, measurable plan that will lead to a resolution to the energy crisis where we can stabilize the Eskom grid and try to avoid the process delaying that.
The president is engaging with a number of stakeholders and energy experts outside the administration to develop a plan that he can submit to the nation as soon as possible,” a presidential spokesman said.