President Cyril Ramaphosa spent his day in Soweto from Orlando to Shawela and now in Naledi zone 8, talking to people regarding the number one problem they have which is electricity.
He arrived in the afternoon in Naledi, travelling with the national executive members Fikile Mbalula and David Makhura and many other names we are familiar with.
Electricity has been a problem for the people of Soweto for many years now, as Shawela has not had electricity for about two years while for Orlando, it has been three years. Ramaphosa mentioned to the calm crowd that he spoke with, Eskom to resolve the electricity issue as soon as possible.
According to the President Eskom says there are burned substations and currently facing a shortage of 42 substations and there’s a delay in installing them, caused by illegal connections, electricity theft and cable theft. President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that Eskom said people do not pay electricity, saying residents don’t want prepaid meters but he recommends prepaid as that way residents will be able to see how much of the electricity they use
He said South Africa is lucky and is the only country where government caters for 18 million people and that includes the elderly, people living with disability and children, through grants and making sure many of the South African youth complete their studies with the funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
He advised the youth to get vaccinated before voting and to also use tomorrow to register, promising to help bring service delivery just as he has mentioned to other areas in Soweto. Ramaphosa says he will return to talk to the people as he still must be somewhere to talk to other residents. He urges Soweto residents that once the electricity issue is resolved, residents should with the right documents go to the nearest municipality and apply for 50% electricity reduction
Ramaphosa received a memorandum from the community regarding their complaints, right after his address to the Soweto residents. Immediately after the presidents talk, the residents of Naledi Zone 8 dispatched like there was never a crowd. The Leader of the EFF Julius Malema was in KZN Umlazi where they were campaigning.