Parliament: New energy minister deals with controversies from nuclear, strategic fuel in maiden budget vote
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi talked a good spring clean during her budget vote debate on Friday, even if nuclear will not be touched. The energy sector is overshadowed by controversies not only over a nuclear build, but also independent power producers and stalled government blueprint plans on electricity and the overall energy mix. Add into the mix governance and financial failures at the state-owned entities, the Strategic Fuel Fund and PetroSA, and it’s not a pretty picture in a sector that contributes R300-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), and provides 90,000 jobs, according to the minister. By MARIANNE MERTEN.