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Vol 64 No 4

Published 16th February 2023

South Africa

Opposition parties reject Ramaphosa's 'State of Disaster' scheme

Parliament debates the President's latest plan amid bid to block emergency regulations in court

Tough questions have greeted President Cyril Ramaphosa's latest efforts to tackle the chronic electricity shortages – declaring a state of national disaster and appointing a minister of electricity in the presidency. Business opinion is widely sceptical while civic groups and opposition parties point to the risks of emergency rules being abused as they were during the pandemic.

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