South Africa’s newly appointed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, stated at the Junior Indaba that he favours coal-fired power over other resources.  

During his address to attendees in Johannesburg Mantashe asked investors to speak to the Council for Geoscience (CGS), which falls under the minerals and energy department as it has 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.”

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