The criticisms have not stopped rolling in for the finance minister Tito Mboweni and his proposed economic plan. The latest to shade the plan is minster for mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe.
The finance minister had suggested in his plan that Eskom could sell some coal-powered plants to raise R450-billion; but the mineral resources minister said that idea would leave the country in the dark. Mantashe said “It has become fashionable to attack coal, You can close all those coal power stations or sell them and sit in darkness because other sources of energy don’t produce more than 30 percent of our energy.”
Mantashe sized the opportunity to call for the National Energy Regulator of south Africa NERSA and ESKOM the nations Electricity Supply Commission to fall under one department as he warned that their division is counter productive.