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.
WATCH South Africans respond to the State of Disaster and the Minister of Electricity
The Minister of Electricity on his first day of work pic.twitter.com/6iYArpu8dF
— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) February 10, 2023
If the Minister of Electricity doesn’t dress like this I’m gonna be pissed. pic.twitter.com/GoOeJZytJ8
— Chester Missing (@chestermissing) February 9, 2023
Our minister of electricity first day at work #SONA2023 #SONA23 pic.twitter.com/6pyPnumSrz
— Shonny (@Shonny_SA) February 9, 2023
Our minister of electricity first day on the job.#SONA2023 pic.twitter.com/lcSEIhWpYg
— Molmet (@MolmetNyadzan) February 9, 2023
A State of National Disaster & Minister of Electricity. 😳🤣🤣🤣🤣🙃 Oh my God. Help us Lord. We are in trouble RSA🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/8pcxFUUjU5
— The Green-Soldier💚Hangwi Mphidi (@HMphidi) February 9, 2023
Another deployment and jobs for friends
President @PresidencyZA : HAIBO- Haibo!!! he will be appointing the Minister of Electricity in the Presidency who will focus on ending load shedding. #SONA2023 @GovernmentZA @kmileham pic.twitter.com/36VKnwxuUP
— People's servant (@tsepomhlongo) February 9, 2023
Minister of Electricity 🤣🤣🤣
Only in South Africa #SONA2023
State of the nation address pic.twitter.com/4Fa5Nud2P6
— Nkosazana Nyembe (@ChefZana_) February 9, 2023
The new Minister of Electricity when asked if they have an immediate plan to ensure electricity supply for all, every day, always: pic.twitter.com/55TENPqX8n
— Ottilia Anna MaSibanda (@MaS1banda) February 9, 2023
Thabo Mbeki: 'I owe my being to the hills, the mountains , the glades, the rivers…'
Cyril Ramaphosa: 'We are not the nation defined by the rivers…'#SONA2023 #SONA Minister of Electricity
TM: right now pic.twitter.com/O4jGaFmib6
— Nthoshane Mohlamonyane (@ntoshanem) February 9, 2023
The incoming Minister of Electricity 🙌 #SONA2023 pic.twitter.com/VcvDQRAQWC
— Dean Macpherson MP (@DeanMacpherson) February 9, 2023
Comment: The Minister of Electricity in the Presidency will deal with the power crisis.
The Public Enterprises Minister will continue to oversee Eskom and the creation of the SOC holding company.
It looks like Gwede Mantashe has lost control of Eskom. #SONA2023
— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 9, 2023
Ramaphosa declares a state of disaster to respond to the energy crisis.Where technically possible,this will allow hospitals,water treatment plants etc to be exempt from Loadshedding… A new minister of electricity will be appointed. (Admission Pravin Gordhan has failed?)#SONA2023
— Clement Manyathela (@TheRealClementM) February 9, 2023
South Africans should NOT fall for the gimmicks of Mr Ramaphosa a) declaring a state of national disaster & b) appointing a minister of electricity.
We got here because of state capture- ANC predation on society; NOT because we lacked a minister of electricity. Focus.#SONA2023
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) February 9, 2023