DNG Power welcomes court decision on Karpowership
DNG Power has welcomed the decision of the High Court in Pretoria to grant its request for the postponement of the main matter initiated in April 2021
Application was brought in order to set aside the irregularities of the adjudication of the relevant bid submissions and the selection of preferred bidders in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. Court has held that it is in the interest of justice not to proceed with the hearing of the main application as brought by DNG.
The matter will be heard in November and December 2021. Aldworth Mbalati, Group Chief Executive Officer of DNG Energy says, “This is positive news for DNG, and it will ensure that the Court is provided with a full and accurate record of evidence. We have faith in our case but requested a postponement on a pragmatic basis when it became clear that direct and material information will come to light from current investigations. We believe that the court should have access to that information. Moreover, the outcome of these investigations has the ability to significantly narrow the issues upon which the court has to make a decision.
“We, as DNG advanced an Application for a Postponement out of a belief that the case is not ripe for hearing in that vital and pertinent information is yet to come to light as a result of various processes in relation to the RMIPPPP not having been concluded as of yet, which processes we only became aware of as recently as mid-August. Our belief, which the court echoes are that the hearing of the main matter should be and now is postponed to late November, in order to allow for the outcomes of these processes to be finalised and/or to allow the processes to progress to a more advanced stage, thereby allowing the court to be provided with a full and accurate record of evidence.”