A candle lit in a dark room.

Energy expert Chris Yelland says South Africans want an urgent solution to the country’s energy crisis, as they anxiously wait for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Eskom.

Rolling blackouts have increased as the condition of Eskom’s generation fleet steadily worsens. The impact of rolling blackouts on the economy has been devastating.

Eskom is currently implementing stage 3 rolling blackouts, which will be raised to stage 4 from 4 p.m. till midnight when the rolling power outages will be dropped to stage 2. This is expected to continue on Thursday.

Yelland says it is not clear what Ramaphosa’s announcement will contain.

“We are expecting something, what it is exactly we don’t know but there is a growing call even from the National Planning Commission and other well-respected stakeholders that government should recognise the electricity problem as an emergency and deal with it as such. So, we are interested to hear President Ramaphosa’s long-awaited response to this emergency and how he sees it can be dealt with.

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