President Ramphosa to reply to oral questions in National Assembly

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will be in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon to reply to oral questions.

Questions range from Eskom’s rolling blackouts and the multibillion-rand loan from developed countries for transition to clean energy.

He will also be asked what government’s plans are to ensure stability in local government in view of the unprecedented number of hung municipalities.

Following the holding hostage of Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise by military veterans recently, the President will answer a question about how far the work of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans is in addressing issues raised by the veterans.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson Tyrone Seale says: “On energy, the President will respond to questions relating to the economic impact of load shedding and South Africa’s approach to the R131 billion commitment by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union to support South Africa’s just transition to a lower carbon economy. The President will also indicate measures that government is taking to ensure that the energy transition is just for the workers and communities who depend on coal-fired power stations for their livelihoods.”

Rolling blackouts 

Eskom has told the Public Enterprises Committee that it’s not an impossible task to end the blackouts.

However, the power utility said there are a number of things that need to be done to achieve sufficient energy supply.

Members of the Committee are concerned about the imminent power cuts and its negative impact, and want answers from those responsible to keep the lights on.

The Department of Public Enterprise says this requires all those involved to do their part.

Eskom says it’s impossible to end rolling blackouts: