‘Going Dutch’: can Mantashe’s plans for SA electricity really work?
It’s all very well to talk about privatising energy production, but it’s easier said than done, say experts
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe wants electricity generation in SA to “go Dutch” in more ways than one, with a move to relax legislation that would throw open the doors of electricity generation to the private sector.
This would see independent power producers, both utility scale and small, alleviating the pressure on the flagging state power utility Eskom and potentially dropping electricity prices for consumers.
Speaking on the fringes of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday, Mantashe said plans for the energy sphere should follow a model adopted by the Dutch – having private actors handle electricity generation – while the state controls transmission...