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SA to amend power regulations to boost supply – Ramaphosa

Increasing the threshold 10-fold as it looks to urgently stabilise a national grid hard hit by power cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said
Image: Waldo Swiegers, Bloomberg

South Africa will exempt power generation projects of up to 100 megawatts from licensing requirements, increasing the threshold 10-fold as it looks to urgently stabilise a national grid hard hit by power cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

Ramaphosa made the announcement amid the latest round of rolling blackouts by power utility Eskom, which has struggled to provide consistent supply to Africa’s most industrialised economy.

“This reform is expected to unlock significant investment in new generation capacity in the short and medium term, enabling companies to build their own generation facilities to supply their energy needs,” he said in a televised briefing.

The president said the move will exempt power generation projects of up to 100 MW in size from licensing requirements with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

However, generation projects will still need to obtain a grid connection permit, Ramaphosa added.

This will increase the available supply of energy to Eskom, he said, allowing it to proceed with an intensive maintenance programme aimed at fixing its ailing infrastructure.

In April, South Africa said it would change the licensing threshold for small-scale power generation projects to 10 MW from 1 MW, a boost to firms anxious to curb their reliance on ailing state utility Eskom, but industry experts had hoped for more.

Ramaphosa said the amendment will be published within 60 days.

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Good gesture, it starts from the top.

But it will take time for this infrastructure, it is not like buying a UPS at the hardware store.

Quite right this does not happen overnight…..pity about the 6 year stall that Zuma and co were responsible for.

As was mentioned last week, solar and wind could fill in the gaps and we would be not under so much pressure.

The disturbing thing is that Eskom can switch on for funerals and parliament sittings even while all is broken???????

thoughts: Wage negotiations, tariff increases,,,,,,sabotage?? It’s happened before, a spanner fell into something at Koeberg…

Fantastic! Let’s hope this unleashes the expected wave of investment. Now we need to get that broadband spectrum sale concluded, so that data prices can drop and Internet speeds increased. Asseblief tog!

build the crisis and pretend to fix it. worthless!

LOL — could this be — invest and build the plants only to have it nationalised later???

Beware the sly fox !!!

Why do this now and not a decade ago?? Maybe because they know there is big trouble around the corner with ESKOM. He can then say I did my bit??

I see right through this guy. BStter. Its the anc man!!! So there is a con going on here.

You will not get a takeoff agreement (payment) from ESKOM that’s why you need a license to connect to the grid.

Be careful you cant trust these anc “people”.

TSK!!! These people.

“Ramaphosa said the amendment will be published within 60 days.”
I thought it was up to Gwede to give the go ahead on this.
And he has other ideas.

If you want something done properly, fire Gwede Mantashe before you start.

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