Fact Check: Mantashe claims SA's clean energy output has increased

Fact Check: Mantashe claims SA's clean energy output has increased

- Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe claims that the government has increased clean energy contributions

- Over the course of five years, Mantashe claims output went from zero to 4.5%

- Briefly.co.za explores whether or not this is the truth by looking at the facts

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The South African government has managed to increase clean energy contribution to 4.5% according to Gwede Mantashe.

The mineral resources and energy minister claimed this feat was accomplished over the course of the past five years.

Briefly.co.za explores the facts at hand to see if the politician was telling the truth or if it was simply lip-service.

READ ALSO: More trouble for Eskom as government orders shutdown of units

Africa Check reports that this is actually the real figures, with the increase due largely to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

These Independent Power Producers ( IPPs) were given the task of generating 17 800 megawatts under the program, using wind, solar gas and hydro systems to achieve this.

While the goal was met, the Department of Environmental Affairs recently served Eskom with a notice to shut down two units at one of it's aging power stations.

Illegal emissions were the root of the problem, with the notice demanding the offending system is turned off immediately.

With the embattled power utility in a battle to keep load-shedding at bay, the state-owned entity intends to challenge the notice in court.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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