South Africa declares 'State of Disaster' over electricity crisis

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Recently South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a "state of disaster" due to the country's power crisis during his annual State of the Nation address in Cape Town.

An overview of the news

  • This follows just 10 months after the Covid-induced "State of Disaster" was lifted.

  • South Africa is currently facing several crises, including issues such as power crisis, unemployment, increase in crime and violence.

  • The electricity supply company in the country for almost 10 years has become financially weak amid large-scale looting and corruption, due to which the power crisis has arisen.

  • The President announced that a Minister of Power would be appointed to deal with the matter more effectively and promptly.

  • The new minister will assume overall responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the power crisis response, including the National Energy Crisis Committee.

South Africa

  • President: Cyril Ramaphosa

  • Capitals: Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial)

  • Currency : Rand

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