After being ignored by the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, civil society organizations are now calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to force him to introduce renewable energy into the US electricity grid.
The 16 groups gave Mantashe 10 days to respond to an open letter asking him to open the country’s renewable energy floodgates.
They said wind and solar energy systems, as well as renewable storage capacity, would reduce the severity of load shedding on South Africans.
On Wednesday, the groups said their plea to Mantashe “has been silenced”.
They are now asking Ramaphosa to “twist the minister’s arm” to add more renewable energy to the grid.
Mantashe cannot solve the US energy crisis
Peter Becker, spokesman for the Koeberg Alert AllianceMantashe slammed.
“It is becoming clear that the minister does not understand what is needed to solve the energy crisis,” said Becker.
He added that the ANC’s proposal to set up another state-owned power utility to compete with Eskom shows that there is no concrete plan from the government.
“We certainly do not need another state-owned electricity company, or Eskom 2.0. We want everyone to work around the clock, including the [department] and South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (NERSA), to use existing regulations and processes to rapidly approve new generation applications and bring large-scale wind, solar and storage capacity online,” he said.
Mantashe’s silence ‘disappointing, still expecting’
Civil society organizations have given Ramaphosa 10 days to instruct Mantashe to act.
If no action is taken by July 29, 2022, the groups said they will reassess their options to end the energy crisis.
Thandolwethu Lukuko, coordinator at Climate Action Network South Africawho said the lack of response from Mantashe was “disappointing, still expecting”.
“It shows a clear disregard for the voice of a critical stakeholder group and continues to show this in the proposal for a new state-owned power utility,” he said.
Lukoko also criticized Ramaphosa’s acceptance of a second state-owned power utility as a solution to South Africa’s energy woes.
“As a businessman he needs to understand the time it will take to get such an entity to deliver much needed power to citizens. It cannot and will not happen during his term in office.
“The decision is about reducing red tape and unbundling Eskom, processes we assumed he understood.”
Civil society groups calling on Ramaphosa to act are:
- African Climate Alliance
- Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC)
- Children’s Law Centre
- Center for Environmental Rights (CER)
- Cape Town Extinction Rebellion
- Nelson Mandela Bay Extinction Rebellion
- Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE)
- South Africa fossil free
- Greenpeace Africa
- Just Share
- Koeberg Alert Alliance (KAA)
- Organization for the Elimination of Tax Abuse (OUTA)
- Project 90 by 2030
- South African Climate Action Network (SACAN)
- Southern African Faith Community Environmental Institute (SAFCEI)
- Section 27
- The Green Link
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