Prof Christi van der Westhuizen's opinion piece "Liberals are failing to wrap their heads around race" amounts to a straw man argument, writes Zakhele Mbhele.
Eskom has a group debt burden of around R440bn.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe South Africa was not as developed as European and western economies and could not be held to the same standard as these advanced economies when it came to reducing emissions.
The SA Photovoltaic Industry Association welcomes the SA government's Integrated Resource Plan, but pointed out that policy document's details needed to be sharpened.
The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 is the state's official blueprint for future energy generation.
At Thursday’s Oil and Power Conference, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe said he briefed the Cabinet Committee on the latest version of the document.
The Integrated Resource Plan describes the state's plan for future energy generation, including projected electricity demand, cost estimated, and energy sources.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday evening at the Union Buildings in Pretoria that Gwede Mantashe would serve as minister of a merged department between mineral resources and energy.
Business leaders said the Integrated Resource Plan provides a framework around which their can plan production and consumption of energy in a sustainable and cost effectively manner.
Parliament heard the last batch of submission in the public hearings on the IRP on Friday. The IRP is a plan to operationalise of electricity in South Africa in the short to medium term.
The list of deals punted by President Cyril Ramaphosa after his state visit to China includes a hugely improbable plan to build another new 4 600 MW coal power station in Limpopo.
The minister of mineral resources and energy says his department is considering interventions to soften the blow of decommissioning coal power stations on local economies and mining towns.
While President Cyril Ramaphosa said government and Eskom were working to prevent a case where South Africans were "plunged in darkness without warning", he stressed that "tough decisions" would have to be made.
The South African Wind Energy Association has praised Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe for releasing what it called a "promising" Integrated Resource Plan.
Government has gazetted the intergrated resources plan for 2019.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said a golden opportunity lay ahead for wind energy investors to exploit, as off-grind energy solutions would boost the country’s energy consumption without burdening the national energy grid.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told Parliament that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy was still on course to conclude the Integrated Resource Plan by September.
Head of the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producers Office Karen Breytenbach said the department was working on a transition to renewables that would best benefit the country.
A lack of policy certainty on the country's energy mix will deter investment, says Treasury Deputy Director General Anthony Julies.
International and local efforts to restrict funding for the construction of new coal-fired power plants appear to be gaining momentum.
There is plenty to do if the promise of IRP methodology – that consumers’ interests would come first – is to be realised, say Stephen Thomas & Angela Andrews.
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