Gloria Motsoere10 February 2024 | 9:24

RISE Mzansi says govt has failed to get energy crisis under control

RISE Mzansi berated the governing party’s ability to do away with the rolling power cuts, saying that the people who collapsed Eskom could not be trusted to fix it.

RISE Mzansi says govt has failed to get energy crisis under control

Trails of lights from passing vehicles in Braamfontein, Johannesburg while the area is submerged in darkness due to load shedding. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As the country battles stage six load shedding, political party RISE Mzansi says the government has failed to get the energy crisis under control.

Eskom ramped up load shedding to its highest stage at midnight, following the further breakdown of two generating units.

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The utility last implemented stage six load shedding in November 2023 when generating units broke down one after the other.

RISE Mzansi said it's deeply concerned by the escalating load shedding.

During the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said load shedding would soon be a thing of the past as the Energy Action Plan is reducing the frequency of the rolling power cuts.

Soon after the address, the rolling power cuts were ramped up to stage four, also for the first time since November.

RISE Mzansi said this showed that the same people who collapsed Eskom couldn’t be trusted to fix it.

Meanwhile, Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena said stage six would remain in place indefinitely while teams worked to return some units back to service.