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Mantashe: Power strain due to economic growth

Jan 28 2015 19:17

Johannesburg - The strain on the power grid is due to economic growth and development, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

"[This] is a positive challenge, in the sense that capacity is overloaded with more people now having access to electricity and the economy continuing to grow," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"However, there has not been sufficient development of generation capacity."

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Priority had to be given to projects which would bring energy onto the grid in the next 18 to 24 months.

Mantashe was briefing the media following a three-day national executive committee lekgotla held in Pretoria this week.


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