Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Regulations designed to ensure that energy performance certificates are displayed in non-residential buildings are in place.
The Regulations were published for comment in 2018.
The Regulations for the Mandatory Display and Submission of Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings were drawn up in terms of the National Energy Act.
The Regulations also seek to provide for the submission of energy performance certificates by organs of state and owners of buildings.
Buildings occupied by government departments with a total net floor area of over 1000 square metres will have two years after the regulations come into force to display certificates at the entrances.
Non-residential buildings with a total net floor area of over 2000 square metres will also have two years to put certificates in place.
Certified copies of certificates, valid for five years, will have to be forwarded to the National Energy Development Institute within three months of the date of issue of the certificate.
The Regulations, published in Government Gazette 43972, came into effect on the date of publication.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, welcomed the performance of the mining sector in the third quarter of 2020.
“Despite the difficult conditions which have been imposed on us by the merciless coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown restrictions, the mining sector recorded an impressive growth in this quarter”, he said.
According to the department, the sector increased at an “annualised rate of 288,3% compared to the second quarter of 2020, contributing 11,8% to the annualised 66,1% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the third quarter”.
The minister called on stakeholders to continue working together to strive for the sector to contribute 12% to GDP and attract 5% of exploration investment.