Ramaphosa deploys SANDF to Mozambique as cyclone affects SA power supply
18 March 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has deployed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to Mozambique to assist with recovery efforts after Cyclone Idai caused severe damage , knocking down pylons and affecting power supply to Eskom.
Fin24 reported on Saturday that the storm damaged a Mozambican transmission line to South Africa, cutting supplies by 900 MW and worsening already strained electricity supply in South Africa.
Speaking to EWN during a campaign trail in the North West on Sunday, the president said the disruptions were happening at a time when Eskom was experiencing challenges.
He apologised to South Africans for the crisis, which has led to an increase in load shedding.