Cape Town - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced emergency steps to prevent further stage 2 load shedding and confirmed longer-term plans to separate Eskom's generation and distribution capacities.
Gordhan told a media briefing at the power utility's Megawatt Park headquarters public irritation with sustained load shedding was understandable and that the utility had cancelled senior managers' leave in a bid to keep the lights on over the festive season.
He apologised to the country for the inconvenience planned outages had caused and said he had told Eskom that it was not communicating the crisis adequately to the public.
Consumers were, for example, confused to find that they were experiencing load shedding when their area was not scheduled to have an outage at that particular time, he said.
"Sending out a tweet about load shedding is not communicating," he said.