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Greenpeace urges SA President to act on energy

Hours after South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in to his role, Greenpeace Africa sent a strong message to the new head of state.

Ramaphosa was sworn in to his role on Thursday after Jacob Zuma handed in his resignation.

Responding to the news, Greenpeace Africa’s political advisor, Happy Khambule, commented in a statement: “In the midst of the chaos of Jacob Zuma’s drawn out exit from South Africa’s highest office, Greenpeace Africa welcomes the swearing in of South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.”

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Khambule added: “It is clear that South Africa faces many challenges, and there is no doubt that there is a tough job ahead for the new leadership of the country.

“We believe one of the most pressing issues is to start to create stability, increase trust in the country’s government, and to choose a new pathway in establishing transparency and accountability in the energy sector.” Read more…

As a firm supporter of green power and renewables, the non-governmental environmental organisation stressed the need to pull nuclear from future plans and forge ahead with a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

“We trust that President Cyril Ramaphosa will listen to the massive opposition from the South African public and leave the dodgy nuclear deal far behind, while pushing forward with a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which takes climate change and the country’s over reliance on coal very seriously,” Khambule stressed.

The political advisor added: “It is time to remove the barriers to renewable energy, which can enable the achievement of universal access to energy and power disadvantaged communities much faster and at a cost South Africans can afford.

“We call on the President to push ahead with a renewable-powered future that will not leave South Africans in the dark”.


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.