Energy Minister Mahlobo to make first appearance before Parly energy committee

It will be Mahlobo’s first engagement with the committee since his appointment in President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle.

FILE: Minister of Energy David Mahlobo. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Energy Minister David Mahlobo is set for a grilling by Members of Parliament (MPs) on the government’s nuclear build programme, the sale of strategic oil stocks and other burning issues in the sector.

Mahlobo is due to appear before Parliament’s energy oversight committee on Tuesday and on Wednesday.

It will be Mahlobo’s first engagement with the committee since his appointment in President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle.

Energy committee chairperson Fikile Majola says he has Minister Mahlobo’s assurance that he will be present on Tuesday.

“We expect the minister for energy to make a presentation on what we call the big issues in the sector. These will include the new build programme, with regard to nuclear.”

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has made it clear that extra nuclear energy is neither affordable nor necessary right now, but Mahlobo is reported to be pressing ahead.

Majola says the committee wants an update on the review of the integrated energy and resource plans that are expected to determine the country’s power supply needs into the future.

The controversial sale of strategic oil stocks at bargain-basement prices and the overhaul of the central energy fund are also on the agenda for the meeting, which is expected to run over two days.