Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, the Minister of Electricity, reaffirmed plans to develop solutions to end load shedding but refused to commit to a date.
These includes options for repairing the ageing coal-fired power plants as well as long-term plans to add generation capacity to the grid.
On Sunday, Ramokgopa informed the media on the implementation of the energy action plan in Pretoria.
For more than 15 years, Africa’s biggest industrialised economy has been crippled by power outages.
This has jeopardised the country’s capacity to conduct business, weakened the rand, and dampened investor sentiment.
While generation capacity improved, Ramokgopa said it would still take some work to end the power cuts.
“I’m very consistent. I will not give you the date. I’m going to give you the [number] of megawatts that are coming on stream.”
According to Ramokgopa, the country has avoided the worst-case situation so far this winter, with stage 8 load shedding avoided.
“Do your numbers then you’ll know when load shedding will end. I’m not here to give you dates, you are seeing it.”
Notwithstanding improvements in the energy availability factor, there are differing views within government on how soon homes and businesses may be free of load shedding.