Energy Action Plan under the spotlight
02 Feb 2023
Government is focused on ensuring the full and effective implementation of the Energy Action Plan.
In a statement, the government communication and information system highlighted that the long-term goal is to secure continuous, credible energy supply.
Minister in the presidency, Mondli Gungubele, emphasised that there is no immediate panacea to the crisis.
“Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the current energy crisis raises the necessity for a societal response”, he said.
“All parts of society need to pull together and play our respective roles if we are to overcome the electricity crisis. The energy crisis we are facing is not unique to South Africa. There is currently a global energy crisis, and therefore we must work together to address the crisis”, he said.
Steps underway include rebuilding technical capacity in Eskom; prioritising maintenance at the top six stations (Duvha, Kendal, Kusile, Majuba, Matla and Tutuka); setting up a One Stop Shop to serve as a single-entry point for energy projects through Invest SA; the reduction of time frames for regulatory approvals in the areas of land-use authorisation, registration process, and embedded generation projects; enabling the construction of new generating capacity; and confronting organised crime at Eskom with a multi-agency approach.
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