28 May 2024 | 08:57 AM
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Gwede Mantashe

It is said that history repeats itself – first as tragedy, second as farce. On Friday, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan announced the new board of Eskom, and issued it with a clear instruction: get the availability of Eskom’s power plants back up to 75%.
A study from a coalition of 86 major corporations — including Eskom, Sasol and Shell — shows we need very little natural gas to achieve energy security. So why is government and business pushing a plan that would see us spend R628-billion — and perhaps up to R1-trillion — on gas?
Last month, gas-to-power entrepreneur Aldworth Mbalati made explosive allegations of corruption in a court application. Now, two senior officials from the minerals and energy department have confirmed under oath that they met Mbalati and two alleged associates of Gwede Mantashe at an upmarket restaurant where they discussed a tender worth billions. But while Mbalati says he was pressured to engage in a corrupt scheme, the officials say they assured Mbalati that the tender would be clean.
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