Sign­ing cer­e­mony will take place at a fu­ture date

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@the­

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.

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