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When money keeps being wasted on fruitless pursuit of poorly founded legal cases, everyone loses. In June 2017, the Coal Transportation Forum (CTF) lodged an application to interdict Eskom from signing duly procured power purchase agreements (PPAs) with preferred bidders from round 4 onwards, and explicitly including those selected in the “smalls round” of SA’s renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme. It is worth noting here that the department of energy describes its intention with the smalls programme as being, “aimed at emerging, smaller power developers (less than 5MW) with an emphasis on South African and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) participation in projects. In order to give South African power-generation equipment manufacturers, who may not have international certification, the opportunity to supply equipment for the projects, a bidder may elect whether or not to use internationally certified equipment in its project under the prog...

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