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Outa: Dept trying to sneak through energy efficiency policy

The new energy efficiency document maps out a comprehensive strategy for the next 15 years.

FILE: Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson. Picture: Ilze-Marie le Roux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Civil action organisation Outa says that the Energy Department is trying to sneak in an important gazette about South Africa's energy future without giving members of the public enough time to comment.

The new energy efficiency document maps out a comprehensive strategy for the next 15 years.

It was published on 23 December and the public was given 30 days to comment.

Outa's Ted Blom says they have already found some flaws in the document and believe there hasn't been enough time to scrutinise it.

"We've asked for an extension so that we can do our own research and hopefully the minister will give us an audience and from a transparency point of view, from a moral point of view, we think it's absolutely despicable that the government tries to sneak these type of things through in the middle of the summer holidays."

(Edited by Zunaid Ismael)