Following his inauguration, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, the recently appointed minister of electricity, urged the citizens of South Africa to exercise patience as the country grapples with its energy crisis.
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Ramaphosa oversaw the swearing-in of his new Cabinet members on Tuesday evening, 7 March 2023, following his highly anticipated Cabinet reshuffle. The ceremony was presided over by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and was held at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.
As reported by News24: Kgosientsho Ramokgopa expressed his confidence in his newly formed ministry’s ability to address the issue of loadshedding, and announced his commitment to prioritising the reduction of loadshedding’s frequency and intensity in the country.
He firmly stated that he did not bring a new plan with him to the job. Instead, he clarified that his role was to ensure the implementation and delivery of an existing energy plan that had been announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“There is an existing energy plan in the country. All I’m assigned to do is to see to the delivery of that action plan within the timeframes we have committed ourselves to.”
“We are asking for some degree of patience and we are going to engage with all the role players and we will communicate to the general public.”
“It will be daunting and we will communicate to the public and we will be holding ourselves accountable to these challenges,” said Ramokgopa.
Kgosientsho Ramokgopa holds several academic qualifications, including a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Durban, Westville, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pretoria, a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from UNISA, and a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Pretoria.
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