Johannesburg - South Africa will embrace efforts by businesses to generate their own electricity, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, reacting to growing frustration at red tape throttling private power generation.
Ramaphosa is under pressure over nationwide power cuts that have dented economic output and sapped investor confidence in Africa's most industrialised economy.
Ailing state-owned utility Eskom generates more than 90% of the country's electricity but regularly struggles to meet demand because of breakdowns at its coal-fired power plants.
Many power-hungry companies such as mines want to build their own renewable energy plants to reduce their reliance on Eskom but have not been able to secure the necessary regulatory approvals.
"For the first time we are now saying let us have self-generation," Ramaphosa told an economic conference in Johannesburg. "We have opened up a new era ... that says we are now embracing the fact there are those companies and households that want to generate their own energy."