It can be argued President Cyril Ramaphosa has been extremely lenient with most of his ministers particularly those who are perceived to be his closest allies, and practically happens on fundamental issues. But yesterday at his national address, Ramaphosa showed one of his most-trusted allies who is the boss.
The President made a ground-breaking announcement which could have positive impact on the greatly disturbing loadshedding situation.
He declared that private companies will now be allowed to produce their own power (electricity) of up to a 100 megawatts. This they will also be allowed to sell to the public utility Eskom to help alleviate loadsheddding.
In a way, Ramaphosa went against Minister of Minerals and Energy Gwede Mantashe's more rigid control and the propensity for the use fossil fuels.
Mantashe had started another project with Turkish company Karpowership which is worth billions of rands which has been under public scrutiny.
However, Ramaphosa indicated that there would a rigorous investigation to ascertain if the deal was transparent enough before it takes off.
"Everything we as government do has to be transparent," Ramaphosa said.
There is a universally-held view that Mantashe could be move from the department when the President reshuffles his cabinet very soon.
There is also a sense in which Mantashe is seen as a huge ally of Ramaphosa in the ANC and keeping him in cabinet helps Ramaphosa at least politically.
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