The Department of Mineral Resources & Energy has issued a media statement confirming that stakeholders now have until 24 March 2024 to make submissions on the draft energy sector integrated resource plan (IRP), which was gazetted on 4 January 2024. This follows Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s recent announcement of a decision to extend the deadline, which featured in his opening address at this year’s ‘Investing in Mining in Africa’ indaba.
Approved by Cabinet on 8 December 2023, the draft plan’s key points are summarised in a media statement issued at the time. Among other things, it referred to two time horizons:
According to a page on the Department of Energy website providing an overview of the purpose of an IRP, it:
It ‘is not a short or medium-term operational plan’.
Published by SA Legal Academy Policy Watch