GP has response plan in event of national blackout

Premier David Makhura says the province has both a load shedding & disaster response plan in place.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura today said the province has both a load shedding response plan and a disaster recovery operation in place in the event of a complete national blackout to limit the impact on essential services.

Makhura is answering questions in the Provincial Legislature and is adamant the province is able to handle a power crisis.

The premier said if there was a national blackout for a number of days, the Gauteng province would use generators to ensure emergency services are not brought to a complete standstill.

He said the impact on schools must also be limited.

But the Democratic Alliance said there could be a spike in emergency services call-outs.

Makhura said the province also had a plan to help bring the electricity supply slowly back online, as this is a gradual process.