Ramaphosa: Organised business have several proposals for Eskom crisis

Cabinet’s war room on the electricity crisis will meet with organised business and unions on Friday.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet's 'war room' on the electricity crisis will be meeting with big business on Friday.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said organised businesses had a number of proposals for dealing with Eskom's difficulties.

"Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) will be meeting with us to discuss a number of proposals that they want to put on the table. So the war room is at work, we're doing a number of things to address the challenges that Eskom is facing."

He said the war room would also be talking to unions.

"The good thing is that the business community, including labour, has asked to meet us as part of the war room process to put forward a number of proposals that they have."

The deputy president was answering questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Ramaphosa said problems with connecting independent power producers to the national grid were also being resolved.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP Essie Esterhuysen asked the deputy president why independent producers were currently providing only 800 megawatts when they were given the go-ahead to supply more than 3,700 megawatts back in 2011.

Ramaphosa answered, saying obstacles preventing independent power producers (IPP) from feeding into the grid were being dealt with.

He said the 800 megawatts being provided by the IPP so far would grow.

"We are working diligently with Eskom management to make sure that we don't drop any of the balls."

Ramaphosa will meet with business leaders on Friday, to discuss their proposals for dealing with the power shortages throttling the economy.