Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering giving Electricity Minister Kgosientso Ramokgopa new functions and powers to help him bring an end to load shedding.
Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya, speaking on behalf of the President, said Ramokgopa had been hard at work trying to get to grips with the magnitude of the country’s electricity problems, according to EWN.
The DA is also expected to table a resolution in Parliament, requesting an oversight committee for the new minister.
“In the president’s view, the minister has added a lot of impetus in the work of Necom [National Energy Crisis Committee] and will continue to do so. The president is satisfied with the work the minister has been able to do thus far. There is a sense of speed,” said Magwenya.
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“The minister has led very important debates on what we need to consider as a country as we tackle our energy crisis. He has also engaged a number of stakeholders as well as cooperating with the understanding that government alone cannot solve this crisis,” News24 reported Magwenya as saying.
Magwenya said that a parliamentary committee would not oversee Ramokgopa and that the legal teams of the Presidency, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Department of Public Enterprises were discussing what powers should be delegated to Ramokgopa.
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen