National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)

Annual Energy Crisis Discussion Forum

The country continues to battle a severe energy crisis marked by frequent and extended blackouts that can last for hours, days or weeks. The government is facing enormous pressure to address this crisis and mitigate its impacts on the country’s economy, social well-being and overall development of the state. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published the updated and revised IntegratedResource Plan (IRP) in 2023.

The plan focuses on providing secure energy/electricity supply to all SA citizens as well as balancing the supply and demand of energy resources. Energy sources include coal, hydro power, gas, nuclear power, renewables, hydrogen and storage. There has been some development since the last IRP was issued in 2019, which includes the establishment of the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) and the Energy Action Plan. There are many issues that remain to be addressed, including the lack of skills in the economy and upskilling of retrenched workers.

09:00-13:00 for day 1 and 09:00-13:30 for day 2.


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