Deputy President David Mabuza answers questions in Parliament, 7 Nov

Deputy President Mabuza to update the NCOP on government efforts to stabilise Eskom power utility and strategies to stimulate rural and township economies

Deputy President David Mabuza will tomorrow, Thursday, 07 November 2019, brief members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), at Parliament, Cape Town, on government tireless efforts to bring stability to our National Power Utility, Eskom, during his reply to oral questions.

Government has been leading efforts to deal with the challenges that besiege Eskom’s fleet performance that has since deteriorated significantly, due to lack of maintenance and refurbishment over the years. Such challenges have greatly compromised the security of electricity supply.

Deputy President Mabuza will therefore update the NCOP, on a number of critical maintenance strategies put in place, to ensure that Eskom as a national asset, continues to provide sustainable and uninterrupted electricity supply to consumers and to further ensure the provision reliable service to meet the growing demand.

Further, in view of the impact of climate change on agriculture, the Deputy President will also apprise members of the NCOP on mechanisms put in place by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to popularise climate change risks, mitigation and adaption especially for agriculture dependent communities.

The Deputy President is also assigned to assist the President in the important work of revitalising rural and township economies. In this regard, the Deputy President will apprise members of the NCOP on strategies adopted by government to ensure that transformation of townships and villages from labour and consumption reserves, into thriving productive investment hubs, becomes an achievable outcome.

Following his recent visit to Emfuleni Municipality in the Sedibeng District, to receive first-hand experience regarding the challenge of sewage spillage into the Vaal River Dam, the Deputy President will then brief the members, on government efforts to finding lasting solutions to address this matter, together with the affected stakeholders.

Deputy President Mabuza is also Leader of Government Business responsible for monitoring the affairs of the national executive in Parliament. The Deputy President will then give his feedback to members, regarding the commitment of cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers to the oversight role played by Parliament to ensure executive accountability.

Source: Government of South Africa