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DA wants Ramaphosa to explain plans to fix  crashing electricity grid

The DA has written to the National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Amos Masondo, inviting President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the joint Parliament sitting on the country’s worsening rolling blackouts.

“It is important that the presiding officers invite President Ramaphosa to attend the Joint Sitting and outline the short, medium, and long-term interventions his administration will implement to resolve the electricity crisis,” reads the letter.

Under Section 42(5) of the Constitution, the President can address Parliament in an extraordinary sitting anytime to handle business of special significance.

In a statement on Thursday, DA MP Natasha Mazzone said load-shedding and its effects on the country’s economic security is an extraordinary circumstance that requires a special intervention to prevent the grid’s total collapse.

“With millions of South Africans losing their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it cannot be business as usual when load shedding costs the economy R500 million per stage, per day.”

She said Eskom’s inability to supply electricity ,exposes the country to constant rolling blackouts, which has  become the biggest threat to livelihoods and economy growth.

She warned should the rolling blackouts continue unabated, investor confidence in South Africa will continue to erode and the ability of our economy to recover from the low growth trap will be impossible.

“To avoid further misunderstandings on renewable energy sources, which have been cheaper per kWh than what Eskom produces in the most recent Bid Window 5, the President should use the Joint Sitting to state the government’s true position on green investment,” added Mazzone.

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