Power utility crisis | Eskom implements stage 2 loadshedding

Elias Hubbard
February 15, 2019

Malema was addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday during a debate on Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address.

Malema criticised Ramaphosa's announcement that the power utility will be split into three separate entities - generation, transmission and distribution - under Eskom Holdings.

"Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday", the Johannesburg-based company said in an emailed statement, using a local term for planned power cuts.

On Wednesday, Cosatu marched against job losses and the state of Eskom.

On the unbundling of Eskom, the president reassured unions they would be consulted and ruled out any privatisation.

"Now the breakdown of six units immediately takes out 4 000 megawatts and has an overarching impact not only on the economy of our country, but the lives of ordinary South Africans and his happens because we have all our eggs in one basket".

Ramaphosa also announced that he had constituted a special cabinet committee on Eskom which would be led by Deputy President David Mabuza and consist of minister of public enterprises Pravin Gordhan, minister of energy Jeff Radebe, minister of finance Tito Mboweni as well as the ministers of transport, intelligence and police.

Julius Malema has lashed out at the president, alleging that he has abandoned politics with his Eskom unbundling plan.

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