State of disaster on electricity supply constraints under the spotlight
10 Mar 2023
The national state of disaster emphasises government’s determination to support and work with all South Africans and sectors negatively affected by the electricity supply constraints.
The cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, highlighted this at the end of last week during a media briefing on the state of disaster.
The minister stressed that by declaring a state of disaster, “effective and coordinated response across all spheres and other sectors will be enhanced, thus also allowing for mobilisation of resources, capabilities and technical expertise”.
“The state of disaster is enabling us to provide practical measures that we need to take to protect health, water, critical electronic communication, rail and ports infrastructure and support businesses in the food production, storage and retail supply chain, including for the rollout of generators, solar panels and uninterrupted power supply,” she said.
The minister also pointed out that an activity permitted by an authorisation or exemption granted in terms of regulations or directions issued during the national state of disaster remains lawful notwithstanding the termination of the national state of disaster.
According to the minister, emergency procurement procedures will be allowed.
Any procurement undertaken using the emergency provisions must be published and reported to parliament “within the month of the expenditure by accounting officers and authorities, including the details of such procurement and the reasons for deviating from normal procurement procedures”.
During his address, minister in the presidency, Mondli Gungubele, emphasised that the regulations published last week aim to ensure that the “country does not get into a state of emergency and not to undermine any social liberty or the rights of individuals or groups in any way”.
Article sourced from Sabinet.
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