The South African business circle on Friday pledged to help the government address the difficulties arising from the constrained supply of electricity in the country and the issues facing power utility Eskom.
This came at a meeting between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) in Pretoria.
The BLSA expressed its willingness to work with government to restore public and business confidence in Eskom and in the economy at large, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said after the meeting.
The BLSA underscored Eskom’s strategic importance to the economy and called for a resolution to the challenges confronting the utility, said Mamoepa.
Ramaphosa welcomed the interest of business leadership in forging a national response to the current situation, Mamoepa said.
The business delegation was also briefed on the work of the government’s war room in responding to the current electricity constraints, he said without giving further details.
The meeting with the BLSA is one of a number of engagements that Ramaphosa is undertaking with key social partners on the country’s electricity supply constraints.
As instructed by President Jacob Zuma, Ramaphosa is responsible for government interventions to turn around cash-strapped Eskom, which is blamed for constant rolling blackouts across the country over the past recent months. Enditem