Mantashe ‘hired inferior candidate as energy fund chief’

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Mantashe ‘hired inferior candidate as energy fund chief’

Central Energy Fund chair Dr Monde Mnyande also meddled in senior appointments, documents reveal

Sipho Masondo

Minerals and energy minister Gwede Mantashe and Central Energy Fund (CEF) chairperson Dr Monde Mnyande have been accused of imposing the appointments of senior executives in the state-owned energy company and one of its subsidiaries.

The Sunday Times reported this weekend that a subsidiary of Russian gas giant Gazprom was way ahead in the running to build a liquefied natural gas power plant in Nelson Mandela Bay – despite the fact that tender processes had not yet been opened.

The Sunday Times learnt that representatives of Gazprombank, accompanied by arms deal fixer Fana Hlongwane, met CEF executives in February to discuss the project...

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