Ramaphosa (finally) clarifies electricity minister’s job description

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Electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. Photo: SA government

In a significant move to address South Africa’s ongoing electricity crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed a proclamation that transfers key powers and functions to the newly appointed Minister of Electricity.

This decision, made in accordance with Section 97 of the Constitution, aims to prioritize the nation’s electricity challenges and coordinate a robust government response.

During his 2023 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Ramaphosa expressed his intent to appoint a Minister of Electricity dedicated to leading the country’s efforts in resolving the electricity crisis.

On 7th March 2023, the President appointed Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa as the Minister of Electricity, alongside several other Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

After careful consideration, President Ramaphosa has transferred to the Minister of Electricity the powers and functions stipulated in Section 34(1) of the Electricity Regulation Act.

Previously entrusted to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, these powers encompass crucial aspects related to new generation capacity.

Furthermore, relevant powers and functions outlined in Section 34(2) of the Electricity Regulation Act have also been transferred to the Minister of Electricity.

Section 34 primarily deals with new generation capacity, allowing the Minister to determine the need for such capacity, types of energy sources for electricity generation, restrictions on sale and purchase, and the establishment of fair and transparent tendering procedures.

This proclamation empowers the Minister of Electricity with the necessary authority to direct the procurement of new generation capacity, ensuring the security and uninterrupted supply of electricity.

However, other powers and functions specified in the Electricity Regulation Act, including those associated with the implementation of determinations made under Section 34, will remain under the purview of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.

President Ramaphosa’s decision to delineate powers and functions aims to enhance coordination and dedicate focused attention to the pressing electricity crisis.

As emphasised in the State of the Nation Address, the Minister of Electricity will oversee all aspects of the response, including the National Energy Crisis Committee’s work.

This centralisation of authority enables effective command and control, streamlining government efforts to address the electricity supply shortfall.

Working in close collaboration with the Eskom board and management, the Minister of Electricity will prioritize the elimination of load-shedding and the swift implementation of the Energy Action Plan announced by President Ramaphosa.

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