South Africans respond to news the country will get a Minister of Electricity
South Africans respond to news the country will get a Minister of Electricity. Photo: Twitter

In typical South African style, many locals have taken to social media this evening to make fun of the news that South Africa is to get a Minister of Electricity, a new role which sounds like it belongs in comedian John Cleese’s Ministry of Silly Walks.

After announcing that loadshedding has been declared a national State of Disaster, President Cyril Ramaphosa said tonight – during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) – that he’ll be appointing a Minister of Electricity,

“To deal more effectively and urgently with the challenges that confront us, I will appoint a Minister of Electricity in the Presidency to assume full responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the electricity crisis response, ensure the establishment of the transmission company, oversee the implementation of the just energy transition programme, and oversee the establishment of the SOE Holding Company.”

He said the the Minister of Public Enterprises will remain the shareholder representative of Eskom and steer the restructuring of Eskom, including the work of the National Energy Crisis Committee.

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