In his weekly update to the nation on the country’s Energy Action Plan, Ramokgopa said they were beginning to see a “sustained, improved performance” over an extended period of time.
Due to the continued improved generation fleet performance and emergency reserves fully recovered, on Sunday, Eskom announced that load shedding would remain suspended and may only resume on Tuesday afternoon.
The power utility has planned to institute Stage 1 load shedding on Tuesday from 4pm until 5am on Wednesday, with load shedding suspended from 5am to 4pm.
Eskom expects this pattern to be repeated daily until further notice.
It revealed that there were breakdowns currently at 13,559 MW, while planned maintenance was at 4,765 MW of generation capacity.
Ramokgopa said that while they have seen significant green shoots, it was important not to become complacent. He said these small, incremental and gradual steps were edging the ministry and power utility closer to the light.
He also reported that roof solar has more than doubled since July last year.
“This is great news and we are really encouraging more South Africans to look into these resources,” he said.
Ramokgopa said government was also looking into extending the incentive programme for solar energy to other components of self-sustaining electricity, such as to those with inverters.
He said government was also looking at a financial instrument that would also assist poorer households to access these new resources.
Last week, South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter briefed Parliament’s finance standing committee and noted that the energy crisis may have cost the country R150 billion.