A healthy Mabuza appears in Parliament

2020-09-04 07:46:00 PM

After a lengthy absence from public life, Deputy President David Mabuza returns to Parliament, providing assurances that rolling blackouts are temporary

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After a lengthy absence from public life, Deputy President David Mabuza returns to Parliament , providing assurances that rolling blackouts are temporary.

After a lengthy absence from public life, Deputy President David Mabuza returns to Parliament , providing assurances that rolling blackouts are temporary

(NCOP) on Thursday.It’s been some time since the second-in-command has appeared for a Q&A with MPs. His most recent scheduled sessions in August did not go ahead after histold Parliament he would not be available for the sitting. Details on his exact medical condition were not made public.

But at the ANC’s national executive committee meeting last weekend, Mabuza said he was healthy and had already returned to work after being ill for a month.In Parliament, Mabuza first addressed questions about ongoing rolling blackouts, asEskom plunged the country into stage four load-shedding on Wednesday

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virtual sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday.At its plenary sitting on Thursday, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina moved a motion that Mabuza be permitted to submit in writing, his replies of oral questions that were due to be given on August 20.CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza has told Parliament the government did not know that money set aside to combat the COVID-19 pandemic would be stolen.1 day ago Mabuza has been appointed by Ramaphosa to lead a task team on the sustainability and turnaround of Eskom.

It’s been some time since the second-in-command has appeared for a Q&A with MPs. His most recent scheduled sessions in August did not go ahead after his told Parliament he would not be available for the sitting. This happened as Mabuza was responding to oral questions in the separate session of the National Council of Provinces.  Details on his exact medical condition were not made public. Mabuza was asked by the Economic Freedom Fighters whether it was wise to redirect resources away from much-needed services in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic only for the money to be squandered. But at the ANC’s national executive committee meeting last weekend, Mabuza said he was healthy and had already returned to work after being ill for a month. Majodina said at the time the conversion of the question from oral into writing was discussed by the chief whips forum. In Parliament, Mabuza first addressed questions about ongoing rolling blackouts, as Eskom plunged the country into stage four load-shedding on Wednesday . “We must apologise for the continued disruptions in terms of energy supply.

This means many suburbs across the country will have two hours of no electricity as many as three times a day. Given the situation that we are in let's have a motion in the House that will be a stop-gap measure in the meantime so that those questions are not overtaken by events," Majodina said.” Mabuza defended the allocation of resources to deal with the pandemic. Mabuza echoed state-power utility Eskom’s assertion that power plants supplying the national electricity grid need urgent and ongoing maintenance. The deputy president described South Africa’s power stations as “old”, with ageing infrastructure “presenting a problem”. He had written in the week to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise asking for a postponement citing ill health. “From time to time, given the pressure exerted on them, they fail.” HOPING ESKOM DIVISION COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS Mabuza said the government hoped that Eskom’s division into three separate divisions will be completed in two years’ time. The leadership of Eskom came out openly to say they are not going to avoid load-shedding as they implement routine maintenance,” he said. At one meeting of the program committee, his absence caused uproar when DA MP Jacques Julius noted questions to Mabuza had gone unanswered and that there was some public outcry.

  But Mabuza said there was some light. The beleaguered Medupi power plant — which is already generating some power — looks set to come fully online at the end of 2020 after several delays. Mabuza's Parliamentary counsellor Hope Papo had described Julius's statements as being"insensitive". The question comes a day after Eskom announced not just stage two, but stage 4 load shedding.  “South Africans must be confident because we are going to get out of this problem. Why? Because Medupi will begin to come online, and we are opening another window [for] (IPPs). "The deputy president is ready to come and answer the questions but he can't defy his medical team. More than 2 000 megawatts will come from that direction, and hopefully, that will stabilise the system. Eskom is being split into separate generation, distribution and transmission entities and members of Parliament wanted to know how long this would take: “Timeline can take up to 2022, hope by that time rest of the whole entity will be completed – in three entities” Mabuza has reiterated there’s no intention to privatise Eskom.

”  Asked by Democratic Alliance NCOP member Christiaan Smit about the government’s plans to continue with a , Mabuza said South Africa currently could not afford it. Political Bureau. “We are facing challenges. Also, Covid-19 has taken us back.. Our financial situation is not in a good state. It will be difficult to venture into new programmes.

But I am aware in terms of our infrastructure build programme, some of these directed at energy supply are under consideration. We’ll do it with the government in partnership with the private sector.” Addressing , Mabuza described how money siphoned off was disheartening. Covid-19 funds were supposed to buy personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers, government staff and schools, as well as used to offer financial relief for South Africans.  On Wednesday the .