DMRE extends deadline for comments on the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan

  • South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) originally made the call to stakeholders to review and provide comments on the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) on 17 July 2023, the day it was published. 
  • Written comments and inputs were announced to be directed to Mthunzi.Mangqalaza@dmre.gov.za on or before Monday 31 July 2023. 
  • The DMRE said it will host public consultation sessions on a date that will be confirmed later but failed to do this.
  • They have now announced a deadline extension to 18 August 2023 and invite interested and affected stakeholders to participate in virtual townhall sessions scheduled for August 14 and 15.

Over the past 18 months, the DMRE, working with industry stakeholders, experts, labour, and other government departments, produced the SAREM which articulates a vision, objectives, and an action plan for South Africa to tap into opportunities linked to the booming market for renewable energy and battery storage technologies, both domestically and globally.

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SAREM aims to leverage the rising demand to unlock the industrial and inclusive development of associated renewable energy and battery storage value chains in South Africa.

The DMRE invites and encourages stakeholders to review and provide comments on the draft masterplan document to ensure that the contribution of the renewable energy and battery storage value chains is maximised in support of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) objectives.

Stakeholders can access the draft version of the SAREM on the link: https://bit.ly/3XWhPT5

Interested and affected stakeholders are also encouraged to participate in virtual townhall sessions scheduled for August 14 and 15.

The registration link for August 14 is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrduyqrzkqEteN6DWb85z13yEHcUy2xEmb

The registration link for August 15 is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMud-uorTIvEtI0wmF1nszjR6baKXshohBJ

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