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The government does not need to introduce a state of emergency for electricity: President Ramaphosa – SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government does not need to introduce a state of emergency for electricity and that urgent measures the government is introducing will reduce levels of load shedding and bring relief to businesses and citizens.

The President addressed the nation on the energy crisis the country has been experiencing.

South Africans recently endured phase six rolling blackouts amid an unprotected strike by Eskom workers.

The president says he has consulted with experts, business and political parties about the crisis.

Ramaphosa has rejected calls from some political leaders to declare a state of emergency.

Meanwhile, President Ramaphosa has announced that the government is scrapping licensing requirements for 100 megawatts of self-generation as the government moves to ease pressure on Eskom to generate electricity.

Ramaphosa has also announced that regulations will be changed to allow municipalities to purchase electricity independently: “In June last year, we increased the license threshold for new embedded generation projects from 1 MW to 100 MW. With this, the license requirement has been removed for generation projects up to 100 MW that are connected to the grid. This measure enabled these generators to sell electricity to one or more customers, such as factories, mines or data centers. We have also changed the regulations so that municipalities can obtain electricity independently.”

The government does not need to introduce a state of emergency for electricity: President Ramaphosa – SABC News

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