Electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is playing fast and loose with the facts in saying that a reluctant SA was somehow forced to shut down Komati power station in Mpumalanga in 2022. He is also distorting the truth when he claims this shutdown deprived the country of 1,000MW (equal to one stage of load-shedding) of reliable power.

Speaking at a Standard Bank event on Monday (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bloomberg/news/2023-07-25-ramokgopa-attacks-climate-finance-pact-saying-komati-units-should-be-restarted/), Ramokgopa said if he could have his way he would have Eskom restart Komati, “the best-performing power station at the time when we closed it”...

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