11 May, Johannesburg – Today, while responding to questions in the National Assembly on South Africa’s energy crisis and the just transition, President Ramaphosa remarked that South Africa is not being forced to transition quickly away from coal. In response, Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi said: 

“The science is clear: we are in a climate crisis. We only need to look as recently as Tropical Cyclone Freddy to see the impacts on human life. Equally clear is the role that coal has played in landing South Africa in its current energy crisis. 

“The President’s remarks do not inspire hope that the South African government is still taking these issues seriously. Both the climate and electricity crises share the same solution: a just transition to renewable energy. It needs to happen in South Africa, and it needs to happen without unnecessary delay. There is no question about this. 

“Greenpeace Africa implores the President and the South African government as a whole to take the decisive action needed to position South Africa as a continental leader, charting a new pathway to development that is powered by renewable energy and that puts the dignity and safety of Africans at its core,” ended Sibisi. 


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