Cabinet has announced that a war room has been set up with immediate effect to oversee the implementation of a five point plan to address the electricity challenges facing the country.
At the last post Cabinet briefing of the year, Minister in Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said Cabinet was concerned at the disruptive effect the recent power outages were having on the daily lives of South Africans and its impact on households and businesses across the country.
“Cabinet adopted a five-point plan to address the electricity challenges facing the country. The lack of sufficient capacity to meet the country’s energy needs remains a challenge and all attempts are being made to ensure that we overcome the tight energy situation,” said Minister Radebe in Pretoria on Thursday.
Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, said the war room would be made up of the Departments of Energy, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Public Enterprises, National Treasury, Economic Development, Water and Sanitation and Eskom – as well as technical officials.
“We bring together a team that [will] drive the implementation of the interventions in the five-point plan. A core focus will be to monitor the implementation, assess the costs…”
She said the war room would be housed at Eskom to ensure the optimal coordination of all parties.
Minister Radebe said the five point plan would address the strain the electricity system faces.
The Five-point plan covers:
- the interventions that Eskom will undertake in the period over the next