COR­REC­TION

CityPress - - Business -

In the ar­ti­cle “Fight or flight as Eskom ‘squashes’ re­new­able IPP pro­gramme” (City Press, Septem­ber 10 2017), we er­ro­neously re­ferred to Mark Pick­er­ing as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the SA Pho­to­Voltaic As­so­ci­a­tion (Sapvia), the um­brella group rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of the so­lar power in­dus­try.

In fact, he is the chair of the SA Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion, the equiv­a­lent group for in­de­pen­dent wind power com­pa­nies.

He is also man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of power com­pany Glo­beleq, which is a nor­mal mem­ber of Sapvia.

Pick­er­ing’s views, as re­flected in the ar­ti­cle, do not rep­re­sent those of Sapvia or nec­es­sar­ily its other mem­bers.

The com­ments in ques­tion re­lated to En­ergy Min­is­ter Mmamoloko Kubayi’s re­cent an­nounce­ment that in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers have to rene­go­ti­ate their pre­vi­ously agreed tar­iffs down to 77c/kilo­watt-hour.

The mis­take cre­ated the per­cep­tion that Sapvia has taken an an­tag­o­nis­tic stance to­wards this di­rec­tive.

Re­spond­ing to the City Press ar­ti­cle, the group said: “We be­lieve that the ma­jor­ity of the in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers are will­ing to of­fer more value, and en­gage openly and hon­estly with the depart­ment of en­ergy and the in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers’ of­fice re­gard­ing the min­is­ter’s state­ment, but, ul­ti­mately, the de­ci­sion lies with each of them in­di­vid­u­ally.”

We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience caused by the er­ror.

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