Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Directions designed to provide for the continuous supply of energy and petroleum products to society have been drawn up.
The mineral resources and energy department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43331.
They were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations published on 29 April 2020.
Regulation 29 of the Regulations refers to the continuous supply of energy and petroleum products to society.
The Directions also aim to allow maintenance and construction work for energy projects to resume under strict safety, hygiene, sanitisation and social distancing protocols.
Functionaries to which the Directions apply includes the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa; International Atomic Energy Agency Officials; South African Nuclear Energy Corporation; Eskom; National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the Central Energy Fund.
Permitted activities include projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme that are currently in construction; Embedded generation projects under construction; Eskom new build programme which includes Medupi and Kusile; the mineral resources and energy department’s national social solar water heater programme and projects; national electrification programme; nuclear projects under maintenance and construction in power stations and other nuclear facilities; all professional entities that provide licences, approvals and authorisations for the maintenance and construction of energy projects and contracted suppliers, contractors and consultants who need to travel across borders to attend to projects.
The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.