Ministers to get Molefe to sign

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Brian Molefe
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Johannesburg - After 18 months of delays, the presidency has tasked two ministers to convince Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign off on the much-awaited power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs), special energy adviser to the president, Silas Zimu, said this week.

The IPPs are preferred bidders selected under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which has already seen R194 billion worth of investment, with that figure expected to rise above R255 billion upon financial close of the projects in the current bid windows 4 and 4.5.

Speaking at the Windaba wind and energy conference in Cape Town, Zimu said if it were up to him, these PPAs would be signed “tomorrow”, but President Jacob Zuma “has appointed [Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna] Molewa and [Science and Technology Minister Naledi] Pandor to persuade Eskom to sign these things”.

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