The new regulations allow for load shedding exemptions or reductions for specified essential infrastructure and services.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a State of Disaster during SONA aimed at fixing the ongoing electricity crisis.
‘There was talk about a declaration of a national state of disaster like what we did when we faced COVID-19, and there is broad agreement we should move in that direction,’ said Ramaphosa.
‘We cannot allow our citizens to suffer any further. We must act to urgently stabilise municipal services,’ said the Western Cape Premier.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation about the government’s plans to ‘cushion’ residents and businesses from the impact of load shedding.
The Democratic Alliance is going ahead with its ‘Power to the People’ electricity protest march to the ANC’s headquarters on Wednesday.
Allowing public servants to work virtually would reduce electricity consumption and ease traffic for essential workers, argued the union.