On the same day that the International Energy Agency publishes a report on how to achieve Net Zero by not building anymore fossil fuel plants, our ‘coal fundamentalist’ Minister Gwede Mantashe gives a speech in Parliament where he says: “We are going to be a major players in gas and oil”. Since 1994 Government has had these extremely expensive hobby horses that are arrogantly asserted coupled to denials – think arms deal, Fifa, pebble bed modular reactor, and then all denials about the criminal capture of Eskom, DENEL, Transnet, Prasa, etc, and this insane quixotic rush to become an oil and gas leader in a world moving off oil and gas. What alternative universe is the Minister in? Who benefits from this? What are the vested interests?