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newsEngineering News writes that the themes of employment and transformation in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability.  

This follows government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing on Wednesday of agreements for another 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects.  The agreements will open the way for investments worth R56bn across mostly rural sites in five provinces.  In the process around 60 000, mostly construction jobs will be created.  Nevertheless, opponents continue to view the projects as a threat to both jobs and government’s commitment to addressing SA’s racially skewed economic and corporate landscape.  Therefore, issues of employment and empowerment are set to become key features of any future producer procurement bid windows.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) – which sought, and failed, to interdict the IPP signing – is engaging with its lawyers to assess what other legal options are available to block the projects.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed anger at the signing of the contracts, which it described as an insult to the working class and the poor.  But energy minister Jeff Radebe insists the renewable-energy projects are not the main threat to coal-sector jobs.  Instead, employment in the sector is threatened in that several mines and power stations are approaching the end of their economic lives.

  • Read this informative report in full at Engineering News
  • Read too, More independent power producer deals possible, says energy minister, at BusinessLIve

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