Cape Town – African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has expressed confidence that the country will be free of load shedding by the end of December 2024.
Despite experiencing load shedding between stages 3, 4, and 5, Eskom attributes it to improved generation recovery and emergency reserves.
Mbalula emphasised the importance of resolving the energy crisis for the economy, businesses, and job retention.
“Load shedding is our Achilles’ heel. We have always said that by December we want load shedding gone. That’s one thing we have said. We also said the action plan we have implemented must take us to guarantee this country to getting us out of load shedding.
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“Not for the purposes of the elections, but to fix our economy battered by this load shedding… companies, job losses and all that. Westill there. Nothing has chaanged,” Mbalula said
He added: “We’re still there, if it is ended before end of December we will be elated. If load shedding goes beyond December, there should be a reasonable explanation as to what is holding us back to get out of this crisis of electricity supply in our country.”
He remained hopeful that the ANC’s energy action plan will eliminate load shedding by the specified deadline.
“As the ANC, there is no change in terms of the timelines. We expected December and we’re still very much hopeful that when we saw that it began to decrease during the winter, we managed to at least come to the level of stage 3.
“Even now, we’re still confident that we’ll get out of this and guarantee this country a long-lasting solution of doing away with load shedding.”
Compiled by Betha Madhomu