If there’s one thing you can say about SA’s government, it’s that it’s adept at arriving late — when it bothers pitching up at all. In his address to the Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week, mining minister Gwede Mantashe epitomised exactly this characteristic.

Mantashe, sporting an ANC-coloured tie, uttered the words which many critics had been longing to hear: the government is looking to remove obstacles, so that companies and municipalities can generate their own energy...

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