Greenpeace hopes for stability and consistency for South Africa’s energy future

Press release - February 27, 2018
27 February 2018, Johannesburg – Last night’s cabinet reshuffle saw Jeff Radebe move from Minister in the Presidency to the critical position of Minister of Energy. Over the last year, the department of energy saw three ministers taking the position only to be reshuffled after a few short months, creating massive amounts of uncertainty around the promise of renewable energy discussions for South Africa at the same time.

Greenpeace Africa’s senior political advisor for the Climate and Energy campaign, Happy Khambule said:

“Greenpeace believes that South Africa is in need of decisive, transparent and accountable leadership at all levels. We can’t predict what the implications of Jeff Radebe in the position of Energy Minister will be. We hope it means that there will be both stability and action, in order to create certainty and a pathway to a stable renewable energy future. And ensure universal access to electricity, which prioritises people over profit. We trust that Radebe’s experience handling the NDP will mean that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is finalised and published in the very near future to provide much needed certainty in the electricity sector. Greenpeace calls for decisive action, and for the Minister to ensure that the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) takes climate change and the country’s seriously strained water resources into account.”

Contact details:

; Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy Communications Officer; 0826142676