http://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Statements RSS ← Back
Coal|Energy|Eskom|Power|Cheaper Electricity Bill|Energy|Energy Suppliers|High Electricity Prices|Source Energy|Stable And Affordable Energy Supply|Cyril Ramaphosa|Operations
Coal|Energy|Eskom|Power|||Operations
coal|energy|eskom|power|cheaper-electricity-bill|energy-industry-term|energy-suppliers|high-electricity-prices|source-energy|stable-and-affordable-energy-supply|cyril-ramaphosa|operations
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

DA: President Ramaphosa should answer for Eskom’s blackouts in Parliament this week

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

DA: President Ramaphosa should answer for Eskom’s blackouts in Parliament this week

Speaker Baleka Mbete and President Cyril Ramaphosa

11th February 2019

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to request an urgent Parliamentary debate on the Eskom crisis in terms of National Assembly Rule 130.

It is imperative that the Speaker grants this debate of national importance as a matter of urgency as the latest power failures will no doubt have an impact on the day-to-day operations of small businesses and lead to further job losses.

Advertisement

During last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa promised urgent action to address the crisis at Eskom, looking at splitting Eskom into three entities. In spite of these empty promises, South Africans have been subjected to Eskom’s damaging stranglehold on energy with further rolling blackouts.

It is therefore paramount that this debate take place ahead of the President’s reply to the SONA debate on Thursday. His response will be empty should he fail to address the biggest crisis facing our country at present.

Advertisement

The reality is that these power failures can be placed squarely at the feet of the ANC, as it has been their looting and theft of the public’s money that has left us in the dark.

It is unacceptable that ordinary South Africans have to pay for the ANC’s failures.

The ANC’s rejig of Eskom is simply not enough. The DA have long been calling for a complete overhaul of this dinosaur monopoly which is killing our economy with power failures and high electricity prices. The DA introduced our “cheaper electricity bill” which will see Eskom split into two separate entities, a generation entity and a distribution/transmission entity. The generation entity will be privatised over time to compete with other independent power producers on an equal footing. Well-functioning metros will be able to source energy directly from independent energy suppliers.

Through State Capture, Eskom was repeatedly looted and public money stolen. The two new mega coal power stations being built have been subject to corruption, mismanagement and ineptitude while the debt has piled up.

The DA will debate these issues along with the restructuring of Eskom, its role in the economy and high electricity prices. The DA is the only party that can provide South Africans with a stable and affordable energy supply that will enable the creation of new jobs and a flourishing economy.

 

Issued by The DA

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE ARTICLE ENQUIRY

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close