Civil so­ci­ety out in cold on talks

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Ernest Mabuza

A NUM­BER of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions have ex­pressed con­cern about not be­ing in­volved in the hastily con­vened En­ergy Ind­aba.

Green­peace Africa‚ Ground­work‚ Earth­life Africa and the Cen­tre for En­vi­ron­men­tal Rights said yes­ter­day morn­ing they did not re­gard the ind­aba as a le­git­i­mate process for the dis­cus­sion of South Africa’s en­ergy fu­ture.

They said the dis­cus­sion should in­clude mem­bers of civil so­ci­ety‚ par­tic­u­larly of com­mu­ni­ties most af­fected by the pol­lu­tion and harm­ful ef­fects of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and labour.

Life Af­ter Coal Cam­paign and Green­peace Africa met En­ergy Min­is­ter David Mahlobo on Tues­day‚ when he in­di­cated to them that there would be no fur­ther pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion on the con­tents of the in­te­grated re­source plan (IRP) for elec­tric­ity‚ its ap­proval by cabi­net‚ and its sub­se­quent pub­li­ca­tion.

The IRP is the coun­try’s fu­ture roadmap for elec­tric­ity plan­ning.

Mahlobo also told the or­gan­i­sa­tions that the En­ergy Ind­aba was not in­tended to ad­dress the IRP in any way‚ shape or form – in­stead it was for business‚ labour and the gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss ways to rein­vig­o­rate the en­ergy sec­tor to stim­u­late eco­nomic growth.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions said they re­garded the con­sul­ta­tion around the IRP as in­ad­e­quate and sus­cep­ti­ble to le­gal chal­lenge.

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