EXCLUSIVE | 'Scrap the damn red tape': Gordhan, Presidency exploring Eskom emergency plans after Stage 6

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As Stage 6 load shedding hit SA for a second day, the Presidency and Cabinet ministers are looking at unprecedented measures to suspend red tape to get more power onto the grid urgently. 

Various options that would give the government the emergency powers to suspend laws or gazette new regulations are under discussion in the project management unit in the Presidency, known as Operation Vulindlela, and by Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan.

While energy experts and the DA have advanced emergency plans and proposals, the government is yet to respond to the gravity of the electricity supply crisis. It has stuck to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) of 2019 as the solution to the supply shortfall.

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