Has Mantashe seen the light on non-Eskom energy?
Energy minister at last says he’s going to look into cutting the red tape around alternative power sources
Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said that he would take steps to develop more electricity generation capacity as the country buckled under unprecedented load-shedding.
Mantashe has the sole authority to procure more generation capacity and to cut through the red tape that is preventing companies and businesses from generating their own energy. However, he has so far refused to be rushed saying he would not be pushed around by “lobbyists” for renewable energy.
With the economy at risk of prolonged load-shedding as Eskom’s capacity continues to deteriorate, Mantashe said that he would urgently call for proposals — by issuing a request for information — on filling the short term gap. He originally announced in October as an immediate step but the department has as yet made no demonstrable progress. ..