Conflicting reports over why signing of IPP deals halted

Conflicting reports over why signing of IPP deals halted

Conflicting reports over why signing of IPP deals halted

Numsa's acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola explained that Numsa had taken the step of applying for an urgent interdict against the ministry of energy, Eskom, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the independent renewable energy providers because these stakeholders were planning to sign these agreements despite the fact that a previous application, by the Coal Transporters Forum to interdict them from signing, was still pending at the North Gauteng High Court.

Yelland was commenting after the Department of Energy had put the signing of 27 independent power producer (IPP) contracts with private sector companies temporarily on hold in the wake of a last-minute court bid.

The High Court is set to hear the case on March 27, the interdict has stopped Radebe from signing the contracts until the case brought by Numsa and Transform SA is heard.

"The signing of the IPP means that Eskom will require less coal-fired electricity".

"In the absence of an interdict, and with the court having expressly informed the parties in court that it would not grant such an order, nothing prevented Eskom and IPPs from signing the agreements, as scheduled by me for 13 March 2018".

The signing was postponed at the 11th hour following a court application to be considered in two weeks' time.

The department said in a media statement on Tuesday that it chose to voluntarily postpone the signing "in the spirit of constitutionalism and the rule of law".

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The Ramaphosa government however announced that it will proceed with the signing as well as the other renewable projects and the Eskom cap would not apply. "The reports in the media that an interdict was granted are therefore not true", the minister explained.

"This will also ensure opportunities for economic transformation and access to the mainstream economy".

"This initiative will enable R56 billion of new investment in the economy over the next 2 to 3 years‚ which will immediately contribute to growth in the economy".

"This programme, as well as the proposed future initiatives, will have a significant contribution in job creation across the energy value chain, including the reestablishment of industrial development and support to the technical training of young people to be absorbed in the labour market".

Coal ash disposals in South Africa.

Khambule said contrary to Numsa's argument that renewable energy would lead to job losses in the energy sector, renewable energy is actually creating new job opportunities.

He said that coal is a dying industry that is constantly facing challenges and bleeding jobs.

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