Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says, clean, cost effective energy is SA's right
According to the Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe, the Department of Energy will continuously look to support the South African consumers’ right for cost-efficient and clean energy.
He supported the North Gauteng High Court ruling concerning interdicting of the signing of 27 outstanding renewable energy projects.
On March 12, 2018, the urgent application for an interdicting order has been lodged by The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Transform RSA against the signing of 27 renewable energy projects.
Numsa spokesperson indicated that the signing of IPPs will keep 30,000 jobs at stake, including other partners and Eskom's own workers.
The Eskom spokesperson argued to the interdiction by saying that no job would be lost after the incorporation of the 27 renewable energy independent power projects, as the company will not be closing any of its power stations.
According to the energy department, the renewable projects would pull R56bn investment to the economy and will create opportunities for over 61,000 jobs. It also said that Department of Energy would continue to work towards helping in the reduction of unemployment, poverty, and inequality being inline with the National Development Plans objective.
The department emphasizes that the said objective of unemployment reduction, poverty and inequality would be achieved through the programmes that would attract investment required for job creation in the country for small business entrepreneurial opportunities in rural communities, and also especially for the women and youth.