MAIN SOUTH AFRICAN OPPOSITION PARTY WANTS POWER SECTOR OPENED TO PRIVATE PRODUCERS

JOHANNESBURG– The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, wants Parliament to enact legislation providing for private energy producers to play a major role in the country’s energy sector.

The party says it will introduce a Private Member’s Bill on Energy in the National Assembly, the lower chamber of Parliament, soon.

The party’s spokesperson on public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said Monday that the recent introduction of load-shedding by State-owned power utility Eskom indicated an urgent need for the energy sector to be reformed.

We do not want to just release an idealistic document, this will be a great dream kind of document. We are costing it. We are looking at the economic impact of it. We are looking at the labour impact of it. We are looking at the feasibility of it. And it is ready to go,” said Mazzone who is the Shadow Minister of Energy.

“We are in the last stage of it. And we are hoping to realise it in a month or two.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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