What has the DA been doing to fix the electricity crisis?

As waves of rolling blackouts continue with no end in sight, the solution is clear if the ANC decides to do what is right: implement the DA’s Integrated Electricity Management Operator (IEMO) bill or the Cheaper Energy Bill.

This will drive the cost of electricity down, introduce competition into the energy sector, and diversify the country’s energy sources to introduce more renewables.

As Eskom drags the economy down with it, we continue to urge government to get out of the electricity generation business.

  • Privatise electricity generation. This includes allowing citizens to generate their own power to keep the lights on.
  • Change the law so businesses and individuals can sell the extra electricity they generate onto the grid for others to use.
  • Offer a R75 000 tax rebate to cover the cost of installing solar systems in homes, to take pressure off the grid.
  • Zero-rate VAT on LED lightbulbs and energy-efficient appliances.
  • Allow municipalities to purchase power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), rather than having to rely on Eskom.

A timeline of DA activism on Eskom

We will never stop fighting for the corrupt to be brought to justice! Here are details on the important questions the DA has put before parliament to uncover the truth behind the rot at Eskom.

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

What are DA-governments doing to keep the lights on?


Eskom infrastructure sabotage is consistent with the July insurrectionists’ modus operandi

5 times Mantashe’s ‘toing and froing’ has worsened SA’s energy crisis

More rolling blackouts, with no end in sight, a national disgrace

Mantashe contradicts Ramaphosa (again!) on moving away from fossil fuels

Bid Window 5: DA vindicated on renewable energy costs

NERSA’s proposed new Eskom tariff model will not provide relief to consumers facing high electricity prices

If you want to be free of the ANC’s electricity crisis, the DA has a plan

DA to PAIA NERSA’s decision to grant generation licences to Karpowership

Western Cape moves one step closer to energy independence following launch of Energy Resilience Fund

Privatisation is Eskom’s only hope in light of ballooning debt and R18.9bn in losses

Mantashe’s new 2500MW nuclear energy build programme is an exercise in futility

Delays to gazette 100MW generation threshold proof that Mantashe has no desire to fix energy crisis

DA welcomes Parliamentary meeting into Karpowerships

Gordhan and De Ruyter must come clean on Medupi

While the ANC plunges SA into darkness, the DA municipalities move closer electricity independence

DA calls for review of Risk Mitigation IPP programme after DEAFF decision on Karpowership deal

DA welcomes planned amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act

Is the national grid about to collapse?

Stage 4 Rolling Blackouts: South Africans must register to vote to keep the lights on

DA to PAIA Eskom task team meeting minutes

Eskom’s continuous rolling blackouts threatening access to life-saving oxygen machines

As stage 4 loadshedding looms, the DA is fighting for energy independence

Eskom must come clean on loadshedding and the impact it will have on vaccine rollout

Mabuza must step aside following Eskom kickback scandal

DA calls on Ramaphosa to sanction SIU probe into Powerships allegations

ANC nixes investigation into electricity bidders

Mantashe must come clean about Powerships

DA welcomes renewed push to open SA’s electricity grid

How much diesel will Eskom’s burn to suspend loadshedding for King’s memorial?

DA calls on Mantashe and Gordhan to convene a National Energy Indaba to address the electricity crisis

DA calls for immediate review of schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act

Eskom’s failure once again on full display

DA calls for a commission of Inquiry into the operational viability of Eskom

NERSA’s ineptitude contributing to escalating cost of electricity tariffs

DA calls on South Africans to reject the impending electricity tariff increase from Eskom

DA will fight Eskom’s plans to make solar panel users pay more for electricity

DA-run Stellenbosch Municipality moves one step closer to electricity independence

18 times government misled SA about Eskom and rolling blackouts

DA submits supplementary evidence to Ethics Committee regarding Mantashe bribery allegations

Did Mabuza mislead Parliament on the completion of the Medupi power station?

Load shedding: DA concerned over hospitals and vaccine storage

Minister Mantashe must reopen REIPPP to save SA from load shedding

DA to oppose Eskom’s desperate move to access pensions

The Eskom crisis can be solved. An open letter to David Mabuza

DA demands transparency on Mantashe’s nuclear plans

DA seeks meeting with Mantashe over IPP red tape

DA welcomes Deputy President’s commitment to discuss our R75k solar tax rebate proposal as a step forward

DA welcomes Deputy President’s commitment to discuss our R75k solar tax rebate proposal as a step forward

Opinion | Why are we being kept in the dark on dealing with load shedding and where is the urgency, Mr President?

DA welcomes gazetting of S34 electricity determinations

Open Letter to Minister Mantashe: You’re all talk and no action on energy security

While the ANC and EFF pander outdated ideologies, Eskom plunges the country into stage 4 darkness

DA to ask Speaker to look into Parliament’s flawed rejection of Cheaper Electricity Bill

Opinion | Vitriol against DA is driving attack on Cheaper Electricity Bill

Department of Mineral Resources must not scare investors for renewable energy bid away

Opinion | Eskom crisis: Public anger is mounting against delinquent municipalities

New Eskom transmission department must not be burdened with old problems