Power cuts won’t put Zuma’s speech in jeopardy – official

POWER PLAY: The leader of the main opposition party in parliament, the DA’s Mmusi Maimane, speaks to the press during a protest march yesterday against Eskom outside its Johannesburg headquarters
POWER PLAY: The leader of the main opposition party in parliament, the DA’s Mmusi Maimane, speaks to the press during a protest march yesterday against Eskom outside its Johannesburg headquarters

Parliament’s chief executive has said that the legislature could be exempted from Eskom’s load-shedding during President Jacob Zuma’s highly anticipated state of the nation address (Sona) next week.

Gengezi Mgidlana, the newly appointed secretary to parliament, who assumed his position in December, said yesterday Eskom had given an assurance that Zuma’s speech would be uninterrupted because it was an event of national interest.

He was briefing the media on the institution’s state of readiness to host the president’s address next Thursday.

Mgidlana said parliament and City of Cape Town officials met regularly to discuss measures to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the national legislature.

-Thabo Mokone

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