However, he said that the ‘energy action plan’ – announced six months ago – could not be implemented overnight and that measures would take time to yield results.
Writing his weekly letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that load shedding in the country is a result of a ‘perfect storm’ of various factors hitting all at once, including a lack of investment in new generating capacity, poor Eskom power plant maintenance, corruption, criminality, sabotage, rising debt and a lack of skills.
However, he acknowledged that South Africans no longer want to hear excuses.
One major source of new generation is rooftop solar panels on houses and businesses, he said.
Ramaphosa said that work would soon be completed on a pricing structure that will allow customers to sell surplus electricity from rooftop solar panels into the grid.
“To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure – known as a feed-in tariff – for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”
Designated local content for solar panels has been reduced from 100% to 30% to alleviate constraints.
On Sunday (22 January) Eskom chair Mpho Makwana also noted that rooftop solar was one of the various strategies the power utility was looking to leverage to help mitigate the crisis.
Makwana said that plans around the rollout of rooftop solar are expected to be detailed in the coming weeks.