PRETORIA, Jan 27– South Africa’s continuing energy crisis is believed to be on the top of the agenda at the Lekgotla (gathering) of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), currently underway outside Pretoria.
State-owned power utility Eskom has been battling to meet the growing demand for electricity and this has resulted in power cuts, which have caused a public outcry.
Eskom has cited aging infrastructure and delays in bringing new power stations on stream as some of the key causes of the power outages.
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe sai here Monday that the energy problem was a key priority for the ANC, but the public should not expect overnight solutions.
He added: “There are no problems with distribution, the problem is in generation (of electricity). We are not going to sleep and wake up with a new power station.
“We must get feedback on how to bring the Medupi and Kusile power stations into the stream [and] what is going to be done to avoid the situation of the power stations that are older.
“(Do) we look into other sources of energy, why are we slow on shale gas for example, why are we slow on deep sea exploration?”