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National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008)

Chapter 2 : Energy Supply, Optimisation and Utilisation

3. Provision of data and access to data sources


1) The Minister must establish mechanisms to ensure—
a) provision of any data and information reasonably required for the purposes of conducting analysis required for energy planning from any person and the time period for the provision of such data and information, where such data is not already made available to any other public institution; and
b) connection to any data and information management system, or any other system within the public administration, for the acquisition of energy data and information, in accordance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Statistics Act, 1999 (Act No. 6 of 1999) where such data or information is collected by that public institution.


2) The Minister may, for the purpose of ensuring optimal collection of data, subject to observation of confidentiality of information in the possession of a particular entity, permit sharing of information with any other entity within and outside of the boundaries of the Republic.


3) The information provided under this Act that is not already in the public domain may only be supplied to persons outside of the Department subject to the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.


4) The Minister must establish mechanisms to—
a) collect, collate and analyse energy data and information;
b) manage energy data and information; and
c) avail, in a manner prescribed, energy statistics and energy information to the public.


5) The Minister must annually publish an analysis—
a) reviewing energy demand and supply for previous year;
b) forecasting energy supply and demand for no less than 20 years; and
c) of plausible energy scenarios of how the future energy demand and supply landscape could look like under different demand and supply assumptions.


6) The Minister must publish—
a) models used for data and information analysis;
b) all the assumptions that are underpinning the models contemplated in subsection (a); and
c) a list of categories of information or data that have been classified as confidential and the reasons thereof.