Has South Africa’s electricity minister with no power pivoted to electioneering?

Opinion

  • Minister in The Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, is expected to engage with business stakeholders in KwaZulu-Natal on energy challenges and interventions today.
  • The minister, who is largely regarded a crony appointment by Ramaphosa, has no power to procure much needed new generation capacity to solve the country’s energy crisis. Read more
  • Of late he has missed a few of his regular Sunday spin sessions to the press on the state of the country’s energy system and judging by his X (twitter) feed, the minister appears to have pivoted to full time electioneering.

“The energy sector in South Africa is facing significant challenges which have implications for businesses, households, and the economy at large. The engagement will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on the energy challenges businesses face in the region. The primary objective of this engagement is to foster dialogue and collaboration between the Ministry of Electricity, supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and business stakeholders in the province,” the Ministry in the Presidency said in a statement.

Ramokgopa is expected to be joined by KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube and eThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda.

Do you think the minister is a crony appointment or has he improved the performance of Eskom and the loadshedding crisis in the country?

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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