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Update on the National State of Disaster regulations – load shedding

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On 3 March 2023, the RMI circulated a newsflash advising members that Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Gazetted the regulations which give effect to the National State of Disaster about the impact of severe electricity supply constraints currently plaguing South Africa.

Kindly note that on 5 April 2023 Ms Thembi Nkadimeng the new Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, designated under section 3 of the Act, in terms of section 27(5)(b) of the Act terminated the national state of disaster which was declared on 09 February 2023 as published in Government Gazette No. 48009 in Notice No.3019

The effect of this is that all regulations and directions made in terms of section 27(2) of the Act pursuant to the declaration of the national state of disaster to deal with the impact of the severe electricity supply constraint is hereby repealed with immediate effect.

The government has committed through the Energy Crisis Committee to continue to engage, cooperate and coordinate its actions to reduce and eradicate load shedding using existing legislation and contingency arrangements and calls upon organs of state, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, communities and individuals to continue working together, through formal and informal initiatives to use electricity sparingly and build resilience to reduce the ongoing impact of the electricity supply constraint

The RMI will continue to update you, our valued Members, on changes in this regard if and when they develop.