Ramaphosa rules out retrenchments at Eskom

The electricity crisis has taken centre stage in Parliament this afternoon.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled out retrenchments at Eskom.

This follows reports that a number of jobs were on the line and that there would be a concentration on demographics.

The electricity crisis is firmly in the spotlight, as Ramaphosa faces questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) this afternoon.

He said that Eskom needed all the help it could get.

"The fact of the matter is that we need all our skilled people in Eskom. We have, we must admit, lost quite a number of skilled people in Eskom and the race is now on to attract as many more skilled people as possible within Eskom."

But the deputy president said transformation was also important.

"At the same time, Eskom also has a task to make sure that as many of the young black people who can come into Eskom, who have qualification and skills, should be brought into Eskom."


Meanwhile, the deputy president also said the government was doing all it could to find ways of increasing the supply of electricity and curbing demand to ease the country's energy crunch.

He's assured MPs there is light at the end of the tunnel and said that government was on top of the power shortages threatening to cripple the economy.

"Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Yes, there is. Working together with Eskom and a number of other stakeholders, we are taking decisive action to reduce the need for load shedding and secure our energy supply in the future."

Ramaphosa heads up the so called 'war room', established by Cabinet, to deal with the crisis.

Cabinet last year approved a five-point plan of action but MPs on Parliament's energy portfolio committee have yet to be fully briefed.

Ministers in the social security cluster, dealing with heath, education, housing and water, will also answer questions this afternoon.