- Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe says the government's project has been a fail
- 87 000 solar geysers were meant to be installed in the country but only 7 000 have been installed, unfortunately
- Social media users reacted to Gwede Mantashe's statement online and were not happy with the minister
Gwede Mantashe says that the government is still pushing ahead with plans to install thousands of solar water geysers despite the issues they're facing, describing them as a disaster.
About 87 000 solar water geysers were placed in storage but only 7 000 have been installed so far, Mantashe said. The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy also mentioned that the geysers are not being properly stored and that a fund has been set up to cover the cost.
Mantashe said the contractors who were hired for the job were not properly trained and needed to be further educated on how to do the job.
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“The most honourable thing to do about solar geysers is to admit openly that actually, this is a disaster that we inherited. It is our disaster now, we cannot continue blaming our predecessors about it," said Mantashe, according to a report by EWN.
Check out Mzansi's reactions to Mantashe's statement below:
"So why is he still the minister? Any accountability for this disaster?"
"It's a disaster and to fix it we need money."
"Nobody inherited the problem - we’ve had the same government since democracy started."
In other political news, Briefly News reported that the ANC’s Jessie Duarte has claimed that the ruling party is not broke.
African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte came forward to clear the air on claims that the party has run out of money, saying that the ruling party is not broke, they are just having some cash flow issues.
It was on Tuesday, 11 May that Duarte said sponsors have gone quiet since the Party Funding Act came into effect at the end of April, which requires that sponsors' names are made public.
Apparently, sponsors do not want to be identified as they believe it will tarnish their reputations in business.
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Source: Briefly News