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At a mining conference on Tuesday, the Junior Indaba, South Africa’s newly appointed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, favoured coal-fired power over other resources.  

During his address to Junior Indaba attendees, Mantashe asked investors to speak to the Council for Geoscience (CGS), which falls under the minerals and energy department because the CGS had found new sources of coal.

However, he also expressed interest in finding common ground, stating: “To me, it is not about killing coal and growing renewables, but about promoting various technologies at our disposal. There is a combination and a co-existence of the various technologies.”

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During the Junior Indaba media briefing, Mantashe quelled fears stating that he is familiar with the contents of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

Last month, OUTA has expressed concern, stating that it did not believe that Gwede Mantashe’s appointment to a merged Energy and Mineral Resource would deal effectively with the critical need to develop a modern, sustainable energy system.

However, for Mantashe it seems that all options are on the table.

“We will allow it [the IRP] to be finalised. It is urgent but we will look at any weaknesses. The first draft of the IRP was like an obituary for coal, but we don’t intend to change everything,” he said.

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