The current load shedding incidents are receiving urgent attention with several steps being taken to address this, including the finalisation of the Integrated Energy Plan, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
"I want to reassure South Africans that the load shedding which prevails is receiving our highest priority for urgent resolution. Partnerships have been established between [the] government, labour, business and civil society to find solutions to our problems, in keeping with the great spirit of our country," she said.
Delivering the Department of Energy’s budget vote this morning, the minister said the government's urgent response to load shedding had accelerated the finalisation of the much-awaited Integrated Energy Plan.
"Once approved by [the] Cabinet, the Integrated Energy Plan will be published as a policy document. This plan will inform our future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector," she told Parliament.
Last month, the department announced a package of energy supply and demand options.