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South Africa: Gas IPP Program Suspended, Pending Final Electricity Plans

On 1 September, South Africa’s Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that state-owned power utility Eskom will sign power producer agreement (PPAs) with the successful renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) of Bid Windows 3.5 and 4 by the end of October 2017. The renewable sector, which has been frustrated by Eskom’s delaying tactics, applauded

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South Africa: Cape Town Case to Raise Pressure Over IPPs: Implications for Eskom

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille announced on 27 July that the city will take Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi to court, in a bid to be allowed to purchase electricity directly from IPPs. Although Cape Town, led by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), is focused on renewable energy, the court case will have implications

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South Africa: CEF Restructuring Threatens IPP Office’s Independence

On 19 May Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi highlighted key initiatives for the year ahead in her department’s budget vote speech, including several important developments relating to the restructuring of the CEF. Kubayi announced that the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) would be transferred to the Department of Mineral Resources and the IPP Office

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South Africa: Pressure Grows to Finalize IRP

On 11 October Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson backed away from earlier assurances that the updated IRP and the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) would be presented to a cabinet economic sub-committee on 12 October and a full cabinet meeting next week. No updated timetable for the presentations has been given. However, it is clear that

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South Africa: Implications of the ANC’s Declining Support

Advances by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the 3 August local elections have confirmed the decline in the dominance of the ANC, which has controlled most political structures since the first democratic elections in 1994. As more competitive politics will likely improve accountability and reduce the high levels of mismanagement and corruption that have

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South Africa: Eskom Takes Aim at IPPs

In its 5 July results presentation, Eskom announced its improved financial performance for the 2015-16 financial year ending in March. This can partly be attributed to Eskom’s more stable and credible leadership under Brian Molefe, who was made permanent CEO in September 2015; however, its improved financial metrics were aided by a R23bn ($1.7bn) capital

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South Africa: SFF Bid Highlights Disarray within Department of Energy

On 29 June the SFF announced that it had offered to purchase Chevron South Africa’s assets, which include a refinery in Cape Town and a network of Caltex retail fuel stations. According to reports, the SFF expressed its interest shortly after Chevron announced its decision to divest in January and made a formal offer on