BusinessSASA Business

OPINION| Ramaphosa’s welcome electricity reforms short on liberalisation

Generation: South Africans have had to work through rolling blackouts, particularly this year. (Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg/Getty Images)


President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity liberalisation announcement is  welcome but does not go far enough. 

South Africa needs real freedom of enterprise in the choice of sources of energy and in competition for consumer favour, before rolling blackouts can be defeated.

The country’s economy has not grown in any meaningful sense in recent years, especially after the Covid-19 lockdowns imposed since March 2020. Demand for electricity has not skyrocketed because of more economic activity but the frequency rolling blackouts have increased.

Support the journalism that helps you navigate your world

Subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months* to gain access to this story and all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Looking for another offer?

Martin van Staden

Martin van Staden sits on the executive committee and rule of law board of advisers of the Free Market Foundation.

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…


Content contributor at AFAL [African Alert]. Kevin is a passionate copywriter who is searching for fresh content every day.

Related Articles

Back to top button