Radebe said the cabinet had resolved that the IRP document - which determines South Africa’s long-term electricity demand and details how the demand should be met in terms of generating capacity, type, timing and cost - should be a subject of “proper consultation” before its finalisation.
He said there would be further consultations with various stakeholders, including within the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).
This is in stark contrast to his predecessor David Mahlobo’s apparent rush to publish the document. Mahlobo told an energy conference in December last year that the department was ready to publish the document. Radebe replaced Mahlobo in February.
“I wish to reiterate that following the cabinet decision of December 2017, the department is steadily working towards concluding the review of the IRP by no later than mid-August.