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OPINION| Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Eskom CEO are playing a 'blaming game

Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has refuted claims made by Mineral Resource and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe that the power utility is holding up the emergency power procurement process. During a media briefing De Ruyter revealed that Eskom had not had sight of the emergency power procurement agreement and was therefore not in a position to sign off on it. De Ruyter was responding to questions about earlier reports saying the minister had accused Eskom of delaying the emergency power procurement process including the Karpowership project:

 

"Eskom has not received final documentation from the IPP office, specifically the power purchase agreement and of course we need to know what we are signing before we can sign of on an agreement. It's a bit difficult to sign off on an agreement when you don't know what it looks like. The maximum price methodology from Nersa hasn't been finally addressed between Nersa, the IPP office and DMRE ~ SABCNEWSGwede is so incredibly incompetent mining is dying under his watch. Energy in the form of Eskom has gone backwards under his watch. It seems our president is surrounded by incompetence and is clueless how to fix it. Gwede he's taking riddles here, and they want the CEO to sign as the Gigabas did with the Gupta's without knowing the inside cart colourAny statement from ministers are filled with blaming others, that contract is corruption through and through why not publish the contract after all its our tax money going to waste. As usual the minister has no clue what is going on, he only wants the deal signed so that he and his cronies can pocket lots of money. Some thing very fishy about the pushing of this 20 year polluting power supply. Protecting coal, who owns the mines the transport companies. Anyway it is all about blaming each other all the time

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