Get mines feeding into the power grid, it’s an emergency
Blackouts have dented their output at a time when they could have been generating their own power, they say
Gold Fields has wanted to build a solar plant at its South Deep gold mine outside Johannesburg for more than three years. But it is still waiting for ministerial approval and a licence from the regulator to build a large generating facility.
Red tape has cost miners hundreds of millions of rands in lost revenue over the past year, as power blackouts have dented their output at a time when they could have been generating their own power, they say.
After some mines shut down during the worst power outages on record in December, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to ease regulatory curbs on “self-generation”. But analysts say it could be months before miners can start building their own plants, as Eskom warns power cuts could continue over the next 18 months...