- Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has clapped back at critics over SA's energy problems
- Mantashe is adamant that he wouldn't be pushed to rush major decisions in the crisis
- The minister insists that South Africa is on the right track on not veering off of it
Minister Gwede Mantashe has responded to criticism levied against him over South Africa's current energy crisis.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had personally called out Mantashe for stalling the approval for Independent Power Producers to be allowed into the market.
However, Mantashe insists that he will not be pushed into making decisions in a hurry:
“Those who are shouting at us that we must do things haphazardly actually want to cause chaos in the economy and the society. We must resist that. We are on the right track. We are not creating a crisis, we are preventing a crisis.”
Business Times reports that the SA Independent Power Producers Association had called for his removal as Energy Minister for 'doing nothing' to relieve the country of electricity woes.
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer himself is adamant that it would take years to get the embattled power utility back on track, with Cabinet calling on newly-appointed CEO Andre de Ruyter to begin work immediately.
The IPPs believe that allowing alternatives into the market would provide relief while Eskom carries out much-needed maintenance on its aging fleet of power stations.
Nevertheless, Mantashe believes he is on the right course in his decision to avoid renewable energy:
“[It’s] put us in trouble with many people. They are looking for my head because I’m not saying we must move from coal to renewables.”
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