The government says it will continue to encourage oil and gas exploration as part of the country’s efforts to ensure energy security. Gwede Mantashe, the minister of minerals and energy, has told parliament that they will continue with plans to generate more nuclear energy, despite what he calls noise from those who oppose it.
Speaking during a referendum on his department’s budget, Mantashe said his department will continue to engage in traditional advice on the importance of these energy sources to its communities and the country’s economy.
Last year, the government amended the Electricity Regulations Act to enable increased self-production as part of reducing Eskom’s capacity and load shedding. It was hoped that large electricity users, including mines, would be encouraged to start their own. production facilities and can provide surplus power to the national grid as well. The recording has so far been very sluggish, he says.
Within the framework of the reform, we have changed the law on electricity regulation to create a carrier, to work as a cyclist and distributor of electricity, in a competitive way. At the same time, there are changes in electricity price policy. # DMREBudgetVote2022 image.twitter.com/6tGirOdLHn
– Gwede Mantashe (@ GwedeMantashe1) May 19, 2022
The Energy Regulatory Authority has registered six power plants with a capacity ranging from 1 megawatts to 10 megawatts. However, this has not been the case so far.
But even after saying this, some people, like Professor Themba Tshabalala at IFP, still want Eskom to be destroyed.
EFF’s Phiwaba Madokwe criticized the Department of Minerals and Energy for allowing a two-month strike at Sibanye Resources without intervening.
Kevin Moleham, DA’s chief, said it was time for the fingertips to be finished and that he was ready to sit down with the minister to discuss solutions to the many problems. But that was not before he pointed out some of the problems the country is facing.
The government continues with plans to acquire more nuclear energy: Mantashe – SABC News
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