Signing ceremony will take place at a future date
THE director-general of the Department of Energy, Thabane Zulu, said the signing ceremony that was delayed yesterday would take place later.
Reading a statement by Minister Jeff Radebe, Zulu said both the minister and Eskom opposed the application, which was argued until 11.30pm on Monday.
After late arguments were concluded, the court refused to grant an interdict but instead postponed the matter. “Nothing prevented Eskom and independent power producer projects (IPPs) from signing the agreements as scheduled but the depart- ment found it prudent to dispose of the court action before any signing takes place.
“This undertaking was made in the spirit of constitutionalism and the rule of law. The signing will proceed on a date to be announced,” he said.
The energy department will continue to defend the rights of consumers in regard to access to cost-efficient clean energy for investment and jobs.
Head of the IPP office Karen Breytenbach said economic transformation was the key ingredient that glued the IPP programme together. “Thus, late in the procurement process, the government has challenged its partners in the 27 projects to deliver even more for economic transformation than at the bid stage and at a lower price,” she said. These 27 new projects represent a total of almost R56bn in new foreign and local direct investment. The projects are estimated to create more than 60 000 jobs.