South Africa has energy crisis, says top department official

South Africa is facing an energy crisis, this is according to acting deputy director general for energy policy and planning Thabang Audat.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy released the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which has been approved by the cabinet.

The IRP supports a diverse energy mix and sets out nine policy interventions to ensure the security of South Africa's electricity supply.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Audat says the energy crisis manifests itself in different forms.

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There is a climate-related crisis which the IRP tries to solve and there is a supply-demand crisis as well.

Thabang Audat, Acting deputy director general for energy policy and planning - Department of Energy

When you look at the IRP it recognises that about 10,000 megawatts of Eskom current coal fleet will be decommissioned, so this is the reduction of coal-fired power plants.

Thabang Audat, Acting deputy director general for energy policy and planning - Department of Energy

There is a recognition that we need to transit to cleaner forms of energy production.

Thabang Audat, Acting deputy director general for energy policy and planning - Department of Energy

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Groundwork director Bobby Peek says they warned the government not to build Medupi power station back in 2009.

We told them it is not a good deal. We should not be borrowing money to build a fossil fuel energy system that was going to crash.

Bobby Peek, Director - Groundwork

We have a health crisis in South Africa. The IRP is a possibility of dealing with it but it leaves more to be desired.

Bobby Peek, Director - Groundwork

The most important thing that is a problem for us in the IRP is that they continue being fixated on coal.

Bobby Peek, Director - Groundwork

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