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In South Africa today, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe highlighted what his department has been tasked with as well its future plans.

“The month of May is a very busy one for my department because, it is a time when we celebrate Energy Month, whereby we take the opportunity to make South Africans conscious and aware of the issues of energy efficiency in their daily lives,” noted Radebe.

From 2015, the South African Department of Energy (DoE) dedicates the month of May to educating the nation of the uses of energy.

He continued: “May is also the month when we present our Budget Vote to Parliament where we present to Parliamentarians past years’ achievements, challenges but the importantly indicate the Department’s plans for the financial year ahead.”

The minister stated that the department seeks to improve the country’s energy mix by having 30% clean energy by 2025 within a transformed and sustainable energy sector.

Taking stock of the electrification rate, Radebe said through the Integrated National Electrification Programme, by the end of March 2018 the programme delivered over 292,705 connections against 235,000 target set.

The Minister’s next engagement will take place at the keynote address of the African Utility Week conference on Tuesday, 15 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. Register here.

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