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South African President Ramaphosa expressed anger for power cuts, electricity rationing

NEW YORK – As elections approaches, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is “quite angry” with the state-owned electricity firm Eskom’s rationing of power in the country.

Analyst say this is the first time Ramaphosa has made such a remark for the first time since December.

Meanwhile, the company said homes and businesses would experience power cuts, known as load-shedding, because of “continued pressure” on the national grid.

According to sources at Eskom, power cuts, without warning, could last for about four hours at a time.

This prompted President Ramaphosa to believe and say that Eskom had reached the stage of “dysfunctionality”.

“Energy is really the important generator of economic growth in our country and we are addressing it,” he said.

The President also raised serious concern that many customers of Eskom were failing to pay for electricity, causing a revenue shortfall at the company.

“Many of our people are not paying for electricity, and users must know if we want electricity, and if we want Eskom to survive, we have got to pay for the electricity that we use, just like you pay for the airtime that you use for the cellphone,” he added.

Power shortage and the lack of electricity is a common thing in several African nations.  Some nations like Nigeria that produces oil still have massive power shortages due to corruption and the influence of Lebanese business people that sell generators.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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