Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
4 minute read
24 Nov 2021
4:38 pm

Could the Russians have a plan to save SA from its electricity quagmire?

Brian Sokutu

Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov recently met President Cyril Ramaphosa and his executive.

Russia President Vladimir Putin participates via video link in a ceremony to launch the construction of a third reactor of the Turkish nuclear power plant built by Russia's energy giant Rosatom, in Moscow on 10 March 2021. Picture: Alexey Druzhinin /Sputnik/AFP

Given South Africa’s energy quagmire, which has led to Eskom resorting to rolling power cuts to prevent collapse of the grid, Russia could be exploring a solution to the country’s power challenges, according to University of South Africa political science professor, Dirk Kotze. Kotze, who has for several years been keenly following political and economic developments in Russia, was commenting on the recent trip to South Africa by Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov – President Vladimir Putin’s special representative for Africa and the Middle East. During his lowkey visit, Bogdanov met President Cyril Ramaphosa and some members of his executive, who...