The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling upon for push on affordable and efficient electricity sector, and they will be taking possible measures to propose the bill.
The same day Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy rejected the DA practical solutions to address the electricity crisis.
They have presented in their Independent Electricity Management Operator (IEMO) Bill, Eskom has leapt to stage 4 rolling blackouts.
However, these developments reflect the continued inability of Eskom to meet the needs of South Africa’s energy supply.
“But the ANC government would much rather continue to drag the nation down by holding onto outdated ideas instead of doing the right thing and breaking Eskom’s deadly monopolistic grip on South Africa’s energy supply,” said DA.
In addition, the party said the IEMO Bill that the ANC and EFF cohort opposed was part of a well-thought-out and well-researched attempt to create an independent public-private partnership that would manage grid operations.
They added that electricity planning, source electricity from a variety of generation plants and sell it to municipal and industrial customers.
“It was an attempt to create a level playing field between Eskom as the country’s primary generator and independent power producers (IPPs),” said DA.
At a time when the country desperately needs economic growth, Eskom once again plunges us into darkness.
South Africa cannot afford to continue being beholden to Eskom if it has any hope of stimulating economic growth.
The DA said it will continue to push for a more open, affordable and efficient electricity sector, and will be taking all possible measures to ensure that this Bill and the proposed independent grid operator see the light of day.