Question NW2143 to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

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30 June 2023 - NW2143

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, given that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, recently transferred necessary and/or incidental powers and functions of the Electricity Regulation Act, Act 4 of 2006, to the Minister of Electricity to make a determination if new generation is needed, in which case such a recommendation, where relevant, must be made to him as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure it, there has been any agreement with the Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, since this transfer has happened, to determine the way forward, as previously there were concerns on what powers the Minister of Electricity had and didn't have; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?


On 26 May 2023, the President transferred the administration, powers and functions entrusted by the Electricity Regulation Act (Act no.4 of 2006) to the Minister of Electricity in terms of section 97 the of Constitution.

Both Departments (Mineral Resources & Energy and Electricity) are working closely to manage the transition through effective coordination; and dedicated focus on programmes that will alleviate the electricity shortage in the short term and enable long-term security of supply.