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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: ANC Conference to Delay Finalization of IRP

Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi on 14 August renewed government’s support for nuclear power in her answer to a parliamentary question from opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MP Mzingisi Dlamini. This has provoked concern that the government intends to ensure that nuclear power is given greater priority in the revised 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

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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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Mozambique: Gas Ties to South Africa Set to Expand

On 19 May, during a speech in parliament, South African Minister for Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi stated that “gas is an integral part of our energy mix.” She elaborated on the government’s gas plan, which includes importing LNG through the Richards Bay plant over the next three to five years and the development of a pipeline

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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: Implications of Zuma’s Cabinet Reshuffle

President Jacob Zuma’s late-night reshuffle on 30 March saw both Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas ousted from the Department of Finance and Tina Joemat-Pettersson replaced with Mmamoloko Kubayi as minister of energy. A total of 10 ministers and 10 deputy ministers were reshuffled. The replacement of Gordhan and Jonas with