Power cuts cost the economy R1bn a day: Mantashe


Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe speaks on the opening day of the Mining Indaba at the CTICC.Show less

JOHANNESBURG - Persisting power cuts cost the economy at least R1-billion a day last year according to Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe.

Last year, Eskom plunged the country into 200 days of blackouts.

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Mantashe was speaking at this year's Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.

He said, "South Africa experienced more power disruptions in 2022, this led to a decline in mining production across commodities. It is estimated that load-shedding cost the economy about R1-billion a day...in November 2022 mining production conducted by about 9-percent making it a serious negative impact in the production of mining."


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