At a time when South Africa’s policymakers are struggling to diversify the country’s energy mix, Total Exploration and Production Southern Africa recently announced a major offshore gas discovery. The Brulpadda well, offshore Mossel Bay, is one of a number of highly anticipated exploration prospects in South Africa. First reports of the field indicate that it holds between 500 million to over 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. In comparison, neighbouring Mozambique’s 2012 discovery held over 350 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Those familiar with the history of Africa’s energy sector, and even those that are not, rejoice with a faint concern of what has been the outcome for many other resource abundant countries on the continent. While Total’s finding alone is not enough to eclipse the plethora of other resources in South Africa – coal in particular – it does find the country at a weak moment of energy policy and, more importantly, energy security. South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which covers the 2010-2030 period, was only reviewed once since its release in 2011. The 2018 IRP draft, yet to approved, expects to see 8,100MW of additional gas-to-power capacity set up by 2030, but remains what it is: a draft.