Johannesburg- State-owned power utility Eskom needs a firm plan of action to make it more efficient and productive and its monopoly on electricity must be broken, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.
Eskom was forced to implement an emergency blackout on Sunday, referred to as Stage 1 load shedding, after revealing that five of its coal power stations have less than 10 days of coal supply left.
"These outages are proof that South Africa desperately needs a long-term solution to reshape the entire energy sector," DA shadow minister of public enterprises Natasha Mazzone said.
"Eskom is in complete crisis mode. The utility is now looking to spend R1 billion on diesel over the next four months to fill the gap and keep the lights on. This is unsustainable."
She said the crisis at the utility indicated "a complete lack of long-term planning and strategy" and that this was why the DA had introduced its proposed Independent System and Market Operator bill which would see the company split into two - a transmission/grid entity and a generating entity.