Loadshedding Crisis: Ramaphosa to return to SA after Queen’s Funeral

President Cyril Ramaphosa will cut his overseas trip short and return to South Africa shortly after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday 19 September 2022.

The President was due to fly back to the United States but will return to home soil to address the escalating Eskom crisis.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called for the immediate return of President Cyril Ramaphosa to South Africa to address the worsening electricity crisis that is “one loadshedding stage away from a total grid collapse”.

Over the past few weeks, Ramaphosa ignored several DA warnings that his Energy Response Plan had veered off the track due to an ineffective National Electricity Crisis Committee (NECC), according to a statement by the DA.

With Eskom announcing Stage 6 loadshedding due to a system-wide failure of generation units across its generation fleet, Ramaphosa is now duty bound to heed the DA call and declare a ring-fenced State of Disaster around Eskom. Eskom’s plant performance has continued to deteriorate substantially in the past week, confirming a power plant maintenance plan that is in crisis.

Stage 6 #loadshedding continues until further notice after #Eskom lost 50% of its generation capacity in a short amount of time.

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