Caption: Karen Breytenbach. Source: Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater

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”.

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