On Monday, South Africa's IPP industry was shocked by the decision of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Department of Energy (DoE) requesting the Head of the IPP Office, Karen Breytenbach, to vacate her position.
Breytenbach, a true leader, has been the champion for a diverse and sustainable energy future and been an active mouthpiece for an industry that is continuously battered by poor political governance.
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With nine months left on her contract at the IPP Office, Breytenbach told Bloomberg reporters that “there was no reason” for early termination. “They want to appoint someone else," she said.
In a Twitter post, Professor Anton Eberhard noted that Breytenbach has overseen R209 billion investment in 112 renewable energy projects since 2011 with “zero corruption”.
Today, Karen Breytenbach, head of the IPP Office, was asked by DBSA & DoE to leave. Since 2011 she has overseen R209 billion investment in 112 renewable energy projects - zero corruption. President @CyrilRamaphosa's investment drive needs good institutions and people to succeed pic.twitter.com/DrwChLj2L5— Anton Eberhard (@AntonEberhard) July 22, 2019
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