The battle to remove Gordhan and ultimately President Cyril Ramaphosa from office is in full swing, writes Adriaan Basson.
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Despite reports that the Eskom grid is stabilising, energy experts have warned that South Africans should prepare themselves for the worst, with regular rolling black-outs and stage 6 load-shedding as a result of continuing problems at the power utility.
Eskom says there is currently adequate generation capacity to meet demand.
No load shedding is expected for the rest of the week, despite scheduled maintenance of two major generating units on Thursday, Eskom said.
Eskom says if it is not granted tariff increases it wants from March this year, its finances might collapse, triggering a national crisis.
Expect more load shedding this week – these graphs show why it keeps happening.
While trade union Numsa and the ANC Women's League have called for Eskom to be moved to the oversight of the department of mineral resources and energy, Cosatu has said this won't solve the pressing issue - to stabilise the entity and solve the power crisis.
Eskom should be consolidated with the energy department - ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini believes that should be part of government's rescue plan for the power utility.
While President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeatedly given reassurances that energy constraints are being addressed, Eskom has intermittently instituted rolling blackouts to prevent a collapse of the grid.
Eskom has confirmed the authenticity of a document purporting to be the resignation letter that outgoing Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza and Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan.
Eskom announced via social media networking site Twitter on Friday evening that stage one loadshedding would end at 23:00 in the evening and that an unspecified category of loadshedding would resume on Saturday morning.
The utility says while the power system is constrained, available generation capacity continues to be supplemented by some of its emergency generators.
Food, power and currency stability continue to be significant worries for the southern African country.
Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba has been appointed interim chairperson of Eskom, following the shock resignation of Jabu Mabuza last week.
Business wants SA’s energy plan to be within direct control of the Presidency.
The utility says the likelihood or reaching stage 8 power cuts is low.
Eskom is not too big to fail – it has already failed. The issue now is how we deal with this.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan appeared to move from one state-owned entity crisis to another but appears unable to provide the necessary required leadership to fix parastatals.
Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance Ghaleb Cachalia said the DA was willing and able to assist in the generation of a list of individuals who could potentially fulfill the key roles he said needed to be dispensed.
Mabuza's resignation was announced on Friday evening, after he wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza acknowledging that Eskom failed to honour its commitment avoid loadshedding until 13 January.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking at making changes to the Eskom board as part of the implementation of a rescue plan at the power utility, the Presidency says.
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