Energy: Minister's Budget Speech


19 Apr 2010





Mr Speaker,

Honourable Chairperson and Members of the Energy Portfolio Committee,

Honourable Members,


This budget vote debate takes place at the time when the ANC has made bold its commitment to operate within the context of a developmental state that must play an active role in ensuring that energy poverty is banished.


Last year, a day after Christmas – the child of a key energy activist died from wounds he sustained arising directly from lack of access to modern forms of energy. This is a microcosm of similar incidents that are silently happening and impacting on the most vulnerable of our society.


Maya Angelou wrote “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not to be lived again.”


We are committing through this budget our resolve to do everything in our power to reduce the dire consequences of energy poverty in our country.


We are determined to face our mandate with courage and fortitude, and to not, as Maya Angelou says –“live history again.”


Honourable members, if you take into account policy positions and legislative adjustments that we have to carry out in this financial year, you will realize that, compounded by the current economic downturn, the resources that have been allocated to deal with these challenges are limited.


My Department was appropriated:

·         R5, 535 billion for 2010/11,

·         R5, 739 billion for 2011/12, and

·         R5, 538 billion for 2012/2013 respectively.



Honourable Members,


97% of our budget, about R5.3 billion, will be transferred to INEP, NECSA , EEDSM and TRANSNET leaving the Department with R202 million, which translates to 3% of the total budget allocation.


I must stress that this budget only allows us to implement 51% of our operating structure. The structure will be implemented in phases, starting with areas which are critical and essential for service delivery, compliance and the exercising of oversight functions with regard to State Owned Entities.



The Global and Domestic Energy Landscape

Energy shortages and sustained high energy prices have caused concerns globally about both the sustainability of supply and the affordability of energy for economic development and poverty eradication.

It is these concerns that have resulted in the re-emergence of energy security as a major policy imperative in almost all economies, developed and developing.


This year, we will draft and publish an Integrated Energy Planning Strategy which is expected to outline the requisite processes, systems and structures that will lead to the development of the comprehensive Integrated Energy Plan, as envisaged in the National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008).


The IEP is essentially an umbrella policy or plan which acts as a guide for the entire energy sector and takes into consideration supply and demand within the oil and gas industries as well as the electricity sector.


It is our considered view that we should develop a strategy before embarking on the development of the plan itself, to ensure that all our processes and structures are fully inclusive and aligned with other government-wide processes such as the National Planning Commission.


It is also important for us to clearly communicate how we see this plan interfacing with the IRP2 and ensuring that there is alignment between these plans.


Key to us achieving our objective of developing the IEP will be for us to obtain relevant, comprehensive, up-to-date and quality data relating to:

·         energy resources,

·         production,

·         consumption,

·         environmental impact,  as well as,

·         macro-economic factors.


This data is hard to come by as it is often collected voluntarily, in pockets and often on an ad hoc basis which makes effective planning a challenge.


Accordingly, within the next week, I will publish regulations which aim to make it mandatory for different stakeholders to provide the Department with energy related data on a periodic basis. The Regulations will also indicate the type of data that we seek, as well as the potential sources for that data.

During the course of the current calendar year, activities in this regard will focus on developing forms and mechanisms for collecting this data from various sources.



The electricity sector has never been as vulnerable as it is today. It has started to decline particularly given the reality of the fact that our generation assets have been in operation for a period longer than 30 years.


The economic performance over the past quarter has indicated that we are emerging out of the recession faster than most countries have done globally.  We find ourselves in this vicious trap, where on the one hand our economy is growing due to the global economic upturn, and on the other hand, our ability to balance the supply and demand of electricity is under threat.


We thank President Zuma for his foresight in establishing the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy in a bid to ensure that the democratic government brings together almost all disciplines in order to usher in a new era for implementing our energy mix policy that will catapult our country into a modern society.


Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) – South Africa’s Power Plan


Towards the end of last year we promulgated, an interim Integrated Resource Plan (IRP1) to cover the period 2010-2013. The IRP1 sought to provide us with space to deal with:

·    stakeholder engagement,

·    economic growth assumptions,

·    engagement with intensive energy users in the context of the Energy Conservation,

·    renewable energy,

·    demand side management and energy efficiency initiatives,

·    climate change imperatives,  as well as,  

·    understanding what the Southern African Power Pool can deliver.


The IRP2 currently under development will cover a period of 25 years and will put into effect our President’s commitments in line with our Long Term Mitigation Scenarios.


The decision of the World Bank to grant a loan to Eskom, our state utility tasked with the supply of electricity, will enable us to continue with our build programme as well as broadening the use of renewable and clean energy sources in our country.


 Working together with  the Department of Science and Technology and through SANEDI (our energy research entity),  we will find home grown scientific answers to the issue of carbon capture and storage as well as using our abundant coal reserves to produce clean forms of energy to reduce greenhouse emissions.


To facilitate meaningful engagement process for IRP2, we will within the next few days introduce an interactive website, (, and will also hold workshops and stakeholder forums dedicated to culminate in the country’s electricity plan. 


Private sector participation in the electricity sector


Honourable members, you will recall that cabinet took a decision that 30% of our new generation capacity should be supplied by Independent Power Producers.

We however remain firmly committed to the fact that transmission should remain under the control and ownership of the democratic developmental state.


In order to give effect to the 2010 State of the Nation Address injunction by President Zuma, we are establishing, as a solution in the short term, and within the next 6 months, the Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) in order to, amongst others, resolve the perceived conflict of interest with regard to the role of Eskom as both buyer and seller of electricity.


Legislation related to the establishment of the ISMO as a public entity is about to be tabled before cabinet and as is the convention this will go through this house soon thereafter.  In the main, the ISMO will have the responsibility to negotiate the power purchase agreements.


I am happy to confirm that the first 300 MW of co- generation from IPPs will be signed within the next month. 


Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM)


A financial incentive scheme will be introduced, to be known as the standard offer, in terms of which project developers will be able to claim a rebate in respect of the amount of energy they have saved from the electricity system.


We intend to intensify energy efficiency in the estimated 100 000 public buildings which will be retrofitted to comply with energy efficiency standards. The Department of Public Works is called up on to ensure that all provincial governments participate in this project.


It is unfortunate that the hospitality industry has not fully embraced the spirit of this campaign as expected.  


Last year, we made the commitment to install solar water heaters as one of a myriad of interventions to address the challenges of electricity demand.


We needed to do thorough work with the industry and sister departments to ensure that when we roll out this programme, we have covered every piece of ground that had to be covered. The outcomes of this programme are expected to include:

·         electricity demand reduction (3 600MW),

·         localization of SWH technology (design and production),

·         climate change mitigation,

·         job creation as well as

·         skills development.


In terms of this programme, access to hot water will not be determined by your socio-economic status.

I am delighted to indicate to this august House that President Zuma will launch, on the 28 of April 2010, the first massified solar water heater project in Winterveldt.


This is a precursor to numerous other SWH projects which will ultimately result in the displacement of coal by the sun as a preferred energy carrier for water heating in this country.


Working for Energy Programme


This year, the Department will be launching the Working for Energy Programme, with the primary objective of using the feedstock created from clearing alien biomass vegetation to produce power.


We are happy to announce that we are working with Municipalities and the Department of Water Affairs with regard to waste to energy project.


This work and that of the Solar Water Heating programme are being undertaken in the context of IPAP2 and it solidifies our commitment to green economy


Renewable Energy


We have concluded the Clinton Climate Initiative supported pre-feasibility study that I announced last year. This initiative aims to establish the concept of a Solar Park in our country.

We will be making further announcements in this regard in the near future.

In order to confirm governments’ commitment with regard to the use of renewable energy, we have launched two flagship initiatives:

·         a small scale hydro at Bethlehem in the Free State, and,

·         a Waste to Electricity Project at eThekwini.


These projects have added 13MW to the total supply capacity in our country.


Distribution Infrastructure  


The integrity of the electricity distribution sector is threatened by increasing backlogs in maintenance and rehabilitation, which currently stand at an estimated R27bn.

The introduction of an intensive network rehabilitation programme has become more urgent and critical. This has to be pursued together with a parallel regulatory plan to ensure that rehabilitation is sustained by a sound maintenance strategy going forward.


The funding for such a programme is planned to be done in the form of a combination of fiscal and tariff allocations. I would like to thank EDI Holdings for the tremendous work they have done in this regard.


Honourable Speakers and Members,


Rural Development and Energy Poverty

This department recognizes that we have to play a central role in the imperatives outlined in the ANC Manifesto insofar rural development is concerned. Access to and the effective utilization of energy remains key ingredients in our quest to move the masses of our people out of the spectre of poverty and underdevelopment.

Our Integrated Energy Centres are but one of the many interventions led by this department as part of the comprehensive response of government to the challenges of bridging the gap between liquid fuels and electricity.




Since the inception of the Integrated National Electrification Programme, more than 80% of formal households in six provinces have been electrified.


However, serious challenges remain in the provinces of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. The department has prioritized the building of network capacity in these Provinces to support additional connections.


Working with the Department of Basic Education, we will ensure that all identified functional centres of learning will be electrified this year. This year with the fiscal allocation of R2.8 billion, the Department will only achieve 150 000 new household connections plus 10 new and upgraded bulk substations and lines.


We will use the possibility that is offered by the off-grid electricity programme to connect an additional 10 000 households utilizing Solar Home Systems (SHS) for lighting and running a few electronic appliances.


Impact on the Poor


One of our concerns, as electricity tariffs increase, is premised on the impact of high tariffs on the impoverished.

Whilst this concern is well substantiated, it has become critical to dispel some misconceptions regarding the emotive subject of electricity tariff determination and how tariffs are applied to domestic, commercial and industrial customers.

We will mitigate the adverse impact of tariff increases on the poor through a number of mechanisms over and above the Free Basic Electricity Programme. The first mechanism is based on inclining block tariffs and the second one is related to the savings on the electricity bill derived from the solar water heating programme.

We will work with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the National Treasury to sort out the funding of municipalities in so far as electricity distribution infrastructure is concerned. We need municipalities on our side as energy champions.

In the meantime we call on municipalities to apply surcharge increases in a manner that is sensitive to the circumstances of the indigent.


Honourable Speaker,


We are happy to report that South Africa has successfully converted our SAFARI 1 reactor from a High Enriched Uranium (HEU) to a Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) based facility. We will be the first radio isotope producing country to have completed this conversion process, which is a requirement for supplying radio isotopes into certain key markets.


The good news is also that South Africa is a leading supplier of medical radio isotopes globally.


We must also indicate that during the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, President Zuma was highly commended on South Africa’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and the peaceful use of nuclear power.


We were 1 of only 8 countries in this category, out of a total of 43, which were complimented for aligning ourselves with a worldwide effort to combat the proliferation of nuclear technology.

President Zuma further re-affirmed our stance of using nuclear energy for power generation, water provision as well as healing and feeding the nation.

We intend to implement our decision to introduce additional nuclear base load power as part of the process of developing the IRP. We are steadfast in our commitment to the right of our people to know about all the sides of the equation of the nuclear debate.


We have an obligation to enable our citizenry to better understand all issues related to nuclear. We will continue with our process of unmediated communication on this issue. 


As a responsible government we have commenced with the establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute which will be responsible for the management of all radioactive waste pursuant to a safe waste disposal regime.




Honourable Members,


Whilst public discourse has largely been focused on electricity, the liquid fuels challenges are equally daunting. There is a need for extensive investment in infrastructure for liquid fuels.


20 Year Liquid Fuels Infrastructure Plan


In order to inform long term investment and provide security of supply there is a need to revise existing plans and strategies.


To this end, I have directed the Department to develop a comprehensive 25 year Liquid Fuels Infrastructure Plan by the end of this fiscal year. This plan will cover port, pipeline, storage as well as distribution infrastructure. It will also include future refining capacity development requirements.


Project Mthombo


PetroSA, the National Oil Company, is the instrument in the hands of the government that we can use to implement the provisions of the Energy Security Master Plan, as well as the provisions contained in the Liquid Fuels Charter.


We are determined to make sure that PetroSA plays a leading role in providing a solution to South Africa’s liquid fuels challenges.


This strategic national asset must be repositioned to compete with the best and the most efficient oil companies in its line of business.


We have continuously indicated that Government supports plans to develop a new crude oil refinery at the Coega Industrial Development Zone.  In addition to addressing the growing gap between the demand and supply of liquid fuels, this project will facilitate the implementation of new clean fuels standards.


Clean fuels, because of lower toxic emissions, are essential for people’s health as well as improved engine performance in motor vehicles. And importantly, it will mitigate the country’s growing reliance on imported finished product which is due to insufficient local refining capacity.


The Department is presently reviewing the recommendation to proceed with Front End Engineering Studies made by the national oil company following the completion of the Feasibility Study and I will make further announcements in this regard in the near future.


New Multi-Product Pipeline


In recognition of the fact that more than 60% of our liquid fuels demand lies within the Durban-to-Johannesburg corridor and the fact the Durban-to-Johannesburg Pipeline (DJP) had become inadequate to transport the required volumes of petroleum products from the coast to the inland regions, the Department in its Energy Security Master Plan (ESMP) included the construction of a bigger new multi-product pipeline (NMPP) by Transnet.


Pursuant to that the Department, in conjunction with the Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury, has worked on the funding mechanism for the NMPP.



In the Budget Speech on 13 February 2010, the Minister of Finance, raised a security of supply levy to enable motorists to contribute funds towards the construction of the NMPP.


In this regard, the Department has been allocated an amount of R4.5bn over the MTEF period to fund the additional capacity for the security of supply of petroleum products.



Strategic Stocks


My Department has developed a Strategic Stocks Policy for petroleum products to ensure that the economy does not suffer from shortages during severe liquid fuel supply disruptions. 



The Department will be engaging other economic sector departments on the draft Policy Document that has been developed. I expect to table this document to Cabinet before the end of the first quarter of the 2010/11 fiscal year.


Clean Fuels


As part of our contribution towards cleaner burning fuels, we are determined to modernize SA’s fuel specifications. To formulate a common Government position, an interdepartmental task team was formed last year.  

We have undertaken preliminary engagement with key stakeholders such as the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) and the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). We expect to issue a Roadmap on Clean Fuels during the third Quarter of the 2010/11 Fiscal Year.


The review of the Petroleum Products Amendment Act


We are currently reviewing the Petroleum Products Act with a view to further strengthening our legislative framework’s ability to address the needs of a developmental state, including the transformation of the liquid fuels industry.

We are concerned that the prohibition of vertical integration in the petroleum industry has not yielded the desired results of opening up access to refined products by emerging entrepreneurs at the refinery gate prices.


Liquefied Petrol Gas (LPG) Price Regulations


In response to public outcry about exhorbitant LPG prices, the Department undertook to regulate the retail price of LPG supplied to residential customers.


The Department is working towards implementing the regulations of the retail price of LPG, which empower the Minister to determine price on a monthly basis.  This is in line with Government’s efforts to expand the energy mix and promote LPG as an efficient energy carrier for household cooking and other thermal purposes.


The Department will also commence with the development of an LPG strategy to holistically address all challenges in the LPG sector, chief amongst which is the security of supply and affordability.


Regulatory Accounting System


This year, the Department will finalise and implement the Regulatory Accounting System for the petroleum sector that will be used to determine appropriate margins for:

·         wholesale,

·         coastal storage,

·         handling

·         secondary storage,

·         distribution, and;

·         return on assets for the benchmark service station (BSS).


The ultimate goal is to achieve a uniform and transparent set of regulatory accounts where costs are allocated according to predetermined methods.


This will provide certainty to investors with regard to the return on assets throughout the petroleum industry value chain. We will achieve this by ring-fencing regulated from unregulated activities in order to eliminate actual and potential cross-subsidies.


It is envisaged that a properly functioning regulatory system will promote appropriate investments in the sector.


Honourable Members,



On petroleum licensing, I am pleased to report that during the course of the last financial year 3,041 licence applications were processed.

I am mindful of the backlog in this area, and have therefore instructed the Department to reduce the stipulated ninety (90) day period for processing applications without sacrificing the quality and the evaluation of applications.

From the 1st of April 2010 licence applications can now be lodged in all the respective provinces.


The Liquid Fuels Charter


November 2010 will mark a decade since the liquid fuels charter was adopted.  As part of the process of reviewing the performance of the liquid fuels sector, we will be convening an Indaba later this year.


This will afford opportunities for new and aspirant entrants to have a platform that can enable them to benefit from the opportunities that accrue from this sector as well as share information with the established industry players.


Preliminary indications are that with regard to gender and procurement aspects of the charter we are not performing as we anticipated and the Indaba will afford us the opportunity for industry stakeholders to deal with these challenges.


With regards to the 2010 FiFA World Cup, the Department, together with roleplayers in the liquid fuels sector, has within the exemption granted by the Competition Commission, been able to plan for the anticipated increase in the demand during the event.

In addition all stadia will be running on diesel generators for electricity supply during the period of the tournament.


Its all systems go for a successful African Soccer World Cup!




Let me take this opportunity to thank the Director General, Ms Nelisiwe Magubane, my advisers, ministerial staff, senior management and other staff members in the department, the Chairpersons and Members of both the Portfolio and the Select Committees of Parliament, our State –Owned- Entities as well as all other stakeholders who continue to take active interest in the development of the structure and mandate of the department.


Let me express gratitude to President Zuma for leading the charge of those frontline and progressive forces that are championing the cause of energy. We continue to be inspired by his leadership and support, and that of my colleagues in Cabinet.


Finally, no one must doubt our intention as a Department of Energy to work together and even better to intervene in energy planning, modeling, forecasting and delivery in a bid to safeguard our country’s security of supply.




As we have said, Honourable Members, we are determined NOT to “live our past!”


We are honoured to commend to this House the 2010 Budget for Vote 28.



I thank you!

Ke a leboga!


Ro livhuwa!

Baie dankie! 






Honourable Members,


In September last year, working together with Ezinqoleni Municipality in Kwa-Zulu Natal, we launched the Safe Illuminating Paraffin Stoves Project at the town of Ezingolweni.

As we did that we were once again reminded of the scale of poverty and underdevelopment that characterize those communities. In particular, what stood out was the plight of one resident who barely had a house to live in, let alone the bare necessities for survival. Working together with the business leaders of the area, we were able to offer the lady and her two teenage sons a home and a sense of hope for a better tomorrow.

There was also a story that was shown on television last year of the death of three children, from KwaZulu-Natal, who died when the generator they were using exploded. This happened after they had travelled for 10 kilometers to watch the soccer game between our national soccer team, Bafana Bafana and Uruguay.

It is these tragic events that continuously remind us of the enormity of the tasks that are facing the democratic developmental state as it seeks to usher in a new era in energy planning, modeling, forecasting and service delivery.

 Tomorrow, the 23rd of April, I will be travelling to Grahamstown at the invitation of our national oil company, PetroSA, to participate in the opening of 8 classrooms at a primary school that was established by the nuns of the Anglican Church in 1844. The new structures will provide a science and computer lab for 200 children. We are going there to offer these children a sense of hope and a promise of a better tomorrow. PetroSA a subsidiary of the Central Energy Fund, has to date spent a total of R260 million in such initiatives since 2002.       



Honourable members, for us to achieve social justice, we will continue with the implementation of the national electrification programme as a vehicle for social change. Despite the challenges faced by my Department in relation to the implementation of this programme, we have nevertheless made significant progress.

I must indicate that, out of the total of 237 local municipalities, 128 of them will eradicate existing backlogs with regard to the electrification of formal households by 2011/12.

The majority of these municipalities are in Gauteng, North West, Western Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape. My department will accordingly prioritise the extension of the rural electricity network capacity to ensure that the rural communities of Limpopo, kwa-Zulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape achieve the same level of electrification as the Provinces mentioned above.

To indicate our commitment to the goal of making sure that we prioritise these provinces, 64% of the total allocation of R2.8 billion has been allocated to the three provinces.

In this regard, we have identified the municipalities which have less than 5000 electrification to achieve universal access and are as follows:


Total number  of local municipalities

Targeted municipality (Less than 5000 Backlogs)

Municipalities with backlogs more than 5000

Amount to be spent by 2011/12 (R million)

Eastern Cape




R 167.00

Free State




R 198.00





R 80.00

Kwazulu Natal




R 180.00





R 270.00





R 35.00

North West




R 216.00

Northern Cape




R 94.00

Western Cape




R 186.00





R 1,426.00



All metros have been left out of these arrangements, except Ekurhuleni (where 64 000 formal households still have to be electrified).

In this regard, the rest of the metros will work on eradicating their backlogs and this they will do through the Department of Human Settlements’ breaking new ground programme.


Distribution infrastructure

I am pleased to report that restructuring of the distribution side of the electricity network has gained tremendous momentum over the past year.  The state of readiness for the consolidation of the 187 municipal electricity distributors and ESKOM distribution into the six viable Regional Electricity Distributors (REDS) as directed by the Cabinet decision of 25 October 2006, has reached its highest level ever. Working together with SALGA, Mayors, Councilors and officials of the 147 municipalities, out of 187 that distribute electricity, EDI holdings has signed Accession to Cooperative Agreements with these entities. They have subsequently committed themselves to actively participate in the EDI restructuring process.

Furthermore, over 30 municipalities, which together with ESKOM constitute about 90% of the entire electricity distribution in the country, have undertaken the process of ring fencing their electricity distribution assets in preparation of incorporating their electricity distribution assets into the REDs. Thus far, EDI Holdings, has spent about R62 million to assist municipalities and ESKOM with the ring fencing exercise.

The huge backlog in maintenance, refurbishment and investment in EDI infrastructure, which is estimated at no less than R27 billion continues to be a major challenge. This continues to have a negative impact on service delivery. The government has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy to amongst others, urgently redress this situation. The process of integrating this programme into the overall Local Government Turn Around Strategy of government is underway.

The main focus in the months ahead for my Department and its implementation agent, EDI Holdings, is to ensure that all stakeholders agree as soon as possible on the implementation plan to ensure the acceleration of the establishment of the six wall-to-wall REDs as agreed upon by Cabinet.

We expect the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to finalize the processing of the proposed 17th Constitutional Amendment after which we will table the REDS Establishment Bill.


Impact on the poor

 As electricity tariffs increase, our main concern is its impact on the impoverished.  

We will mitigate the adverse impact of tariff increases on the poor through a number of mechanisms over and above the Free Basic Electricity Programme. The first mechanism, is based on inclining block tariffs, and the second one is related to the savings on the electricity bill derived from the solar water heating programme.

For example, the tariff increase applicable to the indigent will be the lowest part of the block tariff proposed by NERSA, and this is (minus 10%) for year 1 for consumption below 50 units per month, followed by 5.4% for year 2 and 5.5% for year 3. The highest increase is applicable to customers who consume more than 350 units per month which is in line with the ‘user-pays’ principle.

 We will work with COGTA and the National Treasury to sort out the funding of municipalities in so far as electricity distribution infrastructure is concerned. We need municipalities on our side as energy champions, we call on them to apply surcharge increases in a manner that is sensitive to the circumstances of the indigent and also appeal to the honourable members to support the restructuring of this sector.


 Energy efficiency and demand side management (EEDSM)

In order to encourage energy saving, a financial incentive scheme will be introduced (to be known as the standard offer), in terms of which project developers will be able to claim a rebate in respect of the amount of energy they have saved from the electricity system.

It is expected that these interventions will emanate from:

·         the residential sector (e.g. the replacement of incandescent lighting with energy saving bulbs),

·         the industrial sector (e.g. the power conservation program in terms of which key industrial customers will be able to claim incentives due from less energy intensive production methods)

·         the commercial sector (e.g. energy efficiency interventions like improved insulation in buildings),

We intend to intensify energy efficiency in the estimated 100 000 public buildings which will be retrofitted to comply with energy efficiency standards. We urge the Department of Public Works to ensure that all provincial governments participate in this project. We once again call upon the hospitality industry to embraced the spirit of this campaign.

In this regard Sol Plaatje Municipality has been allocated R54 million out of the fiscus under the EEDSM  programme for the installation of the 5000 Solar Water Heaters. This major programme will be launched this year.

We would like to congratulate the Dept of Arts and Culture for working with SANERI in making Robben Island one of our major greening projects.


Solar water heaters

One of the key interventions in EEDSM, is the Solar Water Heater (SWH) program, in terms of which we are making a commitment to progressively deploy the SWH for water heating in all residential dwellings. The outcomes of this program are expected to include:

·         electricity demand reduction (3 600MW),

·         localization of SWH technology (design and production),

·         climate change mitigation,

·         job creation as well as skills development.

You may be aware that next week, the 28 April (a day after Freedom Day) President Zuma will launch the first massified solar water heater project in Winterveldt. This is a precursor to numerous other SWH projects, which will ultimately result in the displacement of coal by the sun as an energy carrier for water heating in this country.

Working together with the DPSA, we are finalizing the details of a programme that will see the participation of the more than one million Public Servants in the solar water heating initiative. Let me reiterate that these solar water heaters will be made available virtually free of charge.     

Working for Energy Programme

This year, the Department will be launching the Working for Energy Programme, with the primary objective of using the feedstock created from clearing alien biomass vegetation to produce power. We are happy to announce that we are working with Municipalities and the Department of Water Affairs with regard to waste to energy projects.


Integrated Energy Centers

Honourable members, we would like to re-affirm our commitment to establishing more IeCs throughout the country in order to reduce the impact of energy poverty. This programme is one of the vehicles that the Department is using to contribute to government’s commitment to rural development and sustainable job creation.

An Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) is a one-stop energy shop owned and operated by community Co-operatives and organised as a community project.  The IeCs act as community information hubs and “energy shops” that sell illuminated paraffin (IP), liquid petroleum gas (LPG), candles, petrol and diesel from oil companies and sell these products directly to the community at more affordable prices.


The Department, working together with the affected stakeholders, is currently reviewing the IeC sustainability strategy that was developed in 2005 in order to ensure that these IeCs are achieving the desired results.


Discussions are underway with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to ensure that the IeC programme is aligned with the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).


This year we intend to launch two IeCs; one in King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) and Mbizana Local Municipalities in the Eastern Cape. My department is also actively involved in assisting operating IeCs in places like Ratlou in the North West Province, Mutale in Limpopo, Moshaweng and Kgalagadi municipalities in the Nothern Cape.


Safe illuminating paraffin stoves

Illuminating Paraffin (IP) is the most commonly used and purchased fuel source for low-income communities in the country and is used in varying degrees by almost half of all South African homes. Like all other fuels, IP is a hazardous substance which when not properly handled or used can result in unacceptably high levels of harmful human, financial and economic consequences. To address this problem, the Department together with CEF has embarked on a pilot program to test the efficacy of new safer illuminating paraffin appliances in areas previously devastated by paraffin related fires. These areas are:

·         Alexandra in Gauteng with 350 beneficiaries;

·         Ezinqoleni in Kwazulu-Natal with 350 beneficiaries;

·         Mbizana in the Eastern Cape with 150 beneficiaries; and

·         Emizamoyethu in the Western Cape with 350 beneficiaries.


The monitoring and evaluating consultants will issue a close out report to the department in June 2010.



Honourable members, out of 15 400 licences lodged, 12 431 have been processed.

For the 2009/10 financial year, 3 041 licences have been processed.

From the 1 April 2010, all regional offices were up and running and applications can now be lodged in the regions.

I have instructed the department to process licence applications within the stipulated time of 90 days, with the ultimate aim of reducing that time.

The licensing of petroleum business activities also assists the Department to monitor and enforce the Economic Empowerment of historically disadvantaged South Africans as outlined in the Liquid Fuels Charter


The role of the National Oil Company - PetroSA’s and its Current Initiatives

The National Oil Company, PetroSA, is pursuing a number of strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the national security of energy supply. One of these initiatives is project Mthombo, whose main objective is the construction of a crude oil refinery in Coega. My department is currently evaluating information which will enable Government to take a decision on proceeding with the Front End Engineering and Design phase.


Sustainability of Mossel Bay GTL Refinery

The GTL refinery is PetroSA’s main revenue generator and supports a total staff complement of about 1800 workers. It has generated thousands of jobs in, and around the Mossel Bay and greater Southern Cape region, leading to a massive direct and indirect impact on the local economy. It continues to provide support to the local business community and has generated income through wages and salaries for most families in the area.

There is continued search for oil and gas resources, with the primary aim of further sustaining operations at the Mossel Bay GTL Refinery beyond its current estimated economic life. To this end, there is ongoing exploration off the coast of Mossel Bay.


Gender and youth

Chairperson, our will to facilitate the participation of Women and Youth in the Energy sectors saw South Africa being given the opportunity to host the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) in June this year. This should be viewed as an achievement for our youth programmes.

My department is pleased to also announce that we have already started to enjoy the benefits of our efforts in facilitating the empowerment of women through Women Sector groups. WOESA (Women in Oil and Energy) WinSA (Women in Nuclear South Africa) and SAYNPS (South African Youth Nuclear Society) are making significant progress in the empowerment arena.

As part of our drive to include more women and youth particularly in the rural areas, my department has embarked on road shows and community outreach programmes. These road shows afford us an opportunity to share information with women who are interested in the sector and those who need information on the opportunities and programmes that are available in the Energy sector. Thus far, four provinces have been visited i.e.  Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West.


Honourable members, this budget vote is tabled for your consideration.

 I thank you!  





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