The ANC has for the first time admitted that the country is faced with an energy crisis.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, on the sidelines of the ANC lekgotla yesterday, warned there would be no instant solutions amid Eskom’s rolling blackouts. “Yes, the energy crisis is one of the most important things to look into. But we won’t get instant solutions.”
The power utility was under immense pressure as it kept shifting the goalposts in completing coalfired power stations like Medupi and Kusile.
Both are four years behind schedule, with Medupi now only projected to be fully operational by 2019.
Mantashe said while the rolling blackouts were a problem, the party would aim to find solutions including other sources of energy, including shale gas exploration (fracking) and deep-sea oil exploration.