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UNBUNDLING UPDATE: UNDERSTANDING PROPOSED REFORMS IN SOUTH AFRICA
On 7 February 2019, at his second State of the National Address (SONA 2019), President Ramaphosa made a much-awaited pronouncement on the future of Eskom, how firmly in the grid of a financial and institutional crisis. The public utility is to be ‘unbundled’. This announcement was followed by more detail from In Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni’s, in his inaugural budget speech on 20 February 2019. We have demystified unbundling in this information brief.
INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS
Since 2011, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP) has facilitated private investment in utility and small-scale wind, solar, hydro and waste to energy generation infrastructure, making a small but critical contribution to the energy system. Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have been the subject of ongoing misinformation and confusion in South Africa, linked to the role we want the private sector to play in the electricity sector, but there are some basic facts that must ground this public debate.
UNBUNDLING & REFORMS IN UGANDA
In the early 1990s, Uganda was on the steep path to economic, political, and social recovery following decades of war, civil strife, and economic decline. The power sector had been hard hit by the physical and economic impacts of war, as well as poor governance, corruption, and lack of investment in maintenance and infrastructure. Uganda embarked on a plan for economic recovery, understanding that energy was critical.