The issue of recurrent power cuts in South Africa is of concern to the head of state. Cyril Ramaphosa promised his compatriots that the country’s severe power outages should stabilize by March at the latest.
South Africa has been plunged into darkness in recent days as parts of the country experience severe flooding and the power grid has sometimes been destroyed by rising water levels.
Faced with the worsening crisis, President Ramaphosa cut short his visit to Egypt. He held a crisis meeting Wednesday with the bosses of the public company Eskom.
In South Africa, the issue of electricity is crucial for the country’s economy, particularly for the country’s mines, which are closed due to bad weather and which need to resume activity.
These nationwide power outages could be difficult for the South African economy, which is still dangerously flirting with the recession, to handle.
The authorities hope to restart the production of energy before the end of the year when the holiday season generally corresponds to a decline in electricity demand in the industrial sector.