Energy crisis committee outlines plans to secure long-term energy supply in South Africa

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Bruce Whitfield talks to Professor Sampson Mamphweli, Principal Investigator at the University of Fort Hare.

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Ministers who sit on the Energy Crisis Committee have shared details of the government’s load shedding response plans.

Some of the immediate responses include repairing existing infrastructure, stopping sabotage and protecting the environment.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last month that ministers would announce a series of measures to deal with the country’s energy crisis.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said six existing power plants would also be upgraded.

The power stations are Kendal, Majuba, Tutuka, Kusile, Duvha and Matla.

The state has been opened up, so we’re going to see a lot more growth in the adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Prof Sampson Mamphweli, Senior Researcher at the University of Fort Hare

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Measures such as energy efficiency measures can have an immediate impact. There are measures around the purchase of around 200 MW from the power pool.

Prof Sampson Mamphweli, Senior Researcher at the University of Fort Hare

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A new generation capacity from Big Window 6, around 800MW, will help us a lot.

Prof Sampson Mamphweli, Senior Researcher at the University of Fort Hare

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