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Fumani Mthembi
Fumani Mthembi

What does it mean to be a young black female entrepreneur? I am responding to the question as an operator in the independent energy-generation sector.

Currently, the sector is failing to advance some of our most critical national development objectives. The department of energy’s initiative, known as the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, is a key vehicle for securing electricity capacity from the private sector for renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, as determined by the minister of energy. It has been hailed globally as a feat in state procurement.

Its role in supplying the power needed by Eskom to repair its old infrastructure – and bringing an end to the misery of load shedding – is well documented. In addition, it has consistently featured in state of the nation addresses for having attracted foreign direct investment and created jobs.

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