The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism, Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe said on Sunday.
The 7.7% increase in cement sales volumes in 2015 to 13-million tons after a 0.8% drop in 2014 suggests a booming construction sector.
Eskom will step up its maintenance plans in preparation for the higher demand in winter, it said on Thursday.
President Jacob Zuma says infrastructure development is crucial to industrialising the economy and creating employment during turbulent times.
While Gauteng has not declared drought as a disaster, the province is pulling all the stops to save its available water and to have an efficient provincial response to the water challenge.
The 15.6% year-on-year rise in cement sales volume in the first quarter of 2015 suggests a booming construction sector.
Eskom has implemented stage 1 load shedding this morning due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity.
Eskom says it is set to continue with planned maintenance during the winter months, while the power utility also dispelled prospects of a total electricity blackout.