'He loves coal miners deeply': Ramaphosa defends Mantashe

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address on February 13, 2020 in Cape Town.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address on February 13, 2020 in Cape Town.
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As Gwede Mantashe ramps up his pro-coal rhetoric, President Cyril Ramaphosa defended his mineral resources and energy minister in the National Assembly on Thursday.

Ramaphosa was grilled by MPs in the National Assembly on the government's agenda for renewable energy.

While the government accepted a R131 billion package of soft loans from the US, UK, Germany, France and the European Union in November to transition from coal, Mantashe publicly spoke out against pressure on South Africa to abandon fossil fuels rapidly, and defended the use of coal.

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