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South Africa: Gordhan’s Influence Under Pressure from Local Elections

On 27 July Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan provided one of the few official responses to Eskom’s attempt to engage the Department of Energy in discussions on the role of independent power producers (IPPs), stating that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was “not qualified to make policy statements.” Gordhan’s intervention followed a week in which various Eskom executives, including Molefe, made public statements supporting the state-owned utility’s decision to suspend the signing of independent power purchase agreements pending discussions with the Department of Energy.

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