Lights out: Business leaders beg Ramaphosa to fix 'national crisis' at Eskom

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As Eskom and trade unions sit down on Friday to discuss a deal that it is hoped will end a week of labour unrest and intense load shedding, business leaders have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to say his government's efforts are not enough and more must be done to address the crisis. 

Criticism is mounting that government doesn't have the urgency to deal with the electricity supply shortfall with emergency plans emerging from many quarters except the government. And although it appears likely that an end to the strike is on the cards, it has damaged labour and political relations.

The latest suggestions on how new energy generation could be expedited come from CEO of Business Leadership SA (BLSA) Busisiwe Mavuso and CEO of Business Unity SA (BUSA), Cas Coovadia, who have appealed to Ramaphosa urgently "debottleneck regulatory processes" to assure security of supply.

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