EPISODE 7: Lights Out

Gwede Mantashe now presides over the most important portfolio in the Cabinet — mining and energy. He’s run it like a fiefdom, trying to shut down any real commitment to a green energy transition. We also explore how Mantashe aided and abetted state capture, and the slow but sure creep toward a gangster state, and all-out gang warfare.


Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy
Ferial Haffajee, Daily Maverick Associate Editor
Heinrich Böhmke, Director of the Specialised Skills Institute of South Africa; former trade unionist

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SABC News / eNews Channel Africa / France 24 / CGTN

Written, produced & directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille
Fact checking and editorial oversight by Sasha Wales-Smith
Editing & sound design by Diana Neille, Bernard Kotze & Tevya Turok Shapiro
Original soundtrack & visual aesthetic by Bernard Kotze
Additional music by Janus van der Merwe
Additional voice work by Ayanda Charlie
Transcriptions by Gloria Cooper
Project Manager: Kathryn Kotze
Marketing lead: Sarah Koopman
Editor-in-Chief: Branko Brkic
Deputy Editor: Jillian Green
Executive Producer: Styli Charalambous

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