Gray Maguire Columnist

Over the next few days the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) is due to release a consultation paper on energy minister Gwede Mantashe’s two section 34 ministerial determinations.

The first of these is for the procurement of emergency power that can be “grid connected in the shortest time at the least possible cost”. The second is to initiate the procurement of longer-term electricity supply in line with the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP 2019). Many South Africans will be breathing a sigh of relief, optimistic that a solution to the scourge of load-shedding is in sight.

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