The Western Cape premier’s meeting with electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa on the national government’s Energy Action Plan last week is a poignant reminder of just how effective the strategy of sustained desperation is when it comes to securing support for stupid ideas.

At the meeting, the premier expressed his concern over delays in the refurbishment of Koeberg nuclear power station myopically: “I must emphasise to the residents of the Western Cape that our concern is not a nuclear one, but rather an even further constraint on our energy supply. We must understand how Eskom is going to mitigate this possibility and plan to manage this dual outage at Koeberg.”..

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.