Jeff Radebe reportedly eager to sign R14b oil deal before elections

Jeff Radebe reportedly eager to sign R14b oil deal before elections

A recent news report indicates that Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, is in a huge rush to get a 'questionable' South Sudan oil deal signed before the elections on 8 May. Radebe apparently contacted his counterpart to speed things up.

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TimesLIVE reports that South Africa's Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, is eager to have a R14.5 billion deal signed before the country puts down votes on the 8th of May.

According to the report, there are leaked communications between Radebe and his counterpart in Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, that shows how he asked for the signing to be sped up.

“We are proposing as a signing date the 6th of May 2019. We apologise for the short period, however as you know we have our national elections on the 8th of May 2019.”

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Briefly.co.za gathered from reports that the deal will allow for the exploration of oil and gas.

A report by Sunday Times calls the deal 'questionable' and states that the minister is set to fly to South Sudan to finalise it just before the elections take place.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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