Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, says it is unfair to blame the government for the Eskom crisis.

He made the comments after the cabinet held an urgent meeting on Wednesday.

This was to deliberate on the crisis at Eskom, after the power utility announced the implementation of Stage Six rolling blackouts the day before.

Mantashe says despite government implementing the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, the crisis continues to increase.

Eskom ramped up rolling blackouts after workers downed tools when wage negotiations reached a deadlock.

The ailing power utility says a number of its striking workers have since returned to work, and talks on the matter continue.

The City of Cape Town, however, is able to brag that it’s the only municipality to offer loadshedding relief.

Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, saluted the work of the City’s electricity team in protecting its customers from the worst effects of loadshedding.

On Wednesday evening, while Eskom implemented Stage Six rolling blackouts, City customers were only on Stage 4.

Hill-Lewis says it requires a team effort to achieve this.