Dlamini Zuma gets life achieve­ment award

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FOR­MER AU com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has warned that en­ergy is a ba­sic ne­ces­sity and not a lux­ury.

Dlamini Zuma was speak­ing on Tuesday at the 19th African En­ergy Fo­rum in Copen­hagen, Norway, where she re­ceived a Life­time Achieve­ment Award for In­spi­ra­tional Lead­er­ship.

The for­mer AU leader, who stepped down ear­lier this year, said the award ad­dressed the crit­i­cal is­sue of en­ergy, which is high­lighted in Agenda 2063 – a strate­gic frame­work es­tab­lished dur­ing her ten­ure in Ad­dis Abba and which has be­come the main fo­cus for many African coun­tries.

Point­ing out the ben­e­fits of en­ergy in the ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tors, Dlamini Zuma said en­ergy was im­por­tant to har­ness eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. With­out it, she said, it was near im­pos­si­ble to run ef­fec­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing or any other busi­ness.

“The African con­ti­nent, as part of its global com­mit­ments to stem and re­verse cli­mate change, has seen a con­certed fo­cus on re­new­able en­ergy, most specif­i­cally the Green Clean En­ergy Cor­ri­dor and var­i­ous coun­try ini­tia­tives.

“The AU and the African De­vel­op­ment Bank com­mit­ted to the goal of de­liv­er­ing at least 300GW of power to the con­ti­nent by 2030 – all from clean en­ergy.”

Dlamini Zuma high­lighted the role en­ergy played in the eman­ci­pa­tion of women, say­ing ac­cess to it not only freed them from the bur­den of ful­fill­ing house­hold chores but also as­sisted in carv­ing sus­tain­able ca­reer paths for them.

“It is so im­por­tant that we de­velop and pro­mote women en­trepreneurs and pol­icy-mak­ers in the en­ergy sec­tor (such as gov­ern­ment min­is­ters), be­cause they un­der­stand the dif­fi­culty of fam­ily life with­out elec­tric­ity, of hav­ing to give birth in the dark and the dan­gers of un­lit streets when their girls and chil­dren have to walk home.”

Dlamini Zuma, who do­nated her $30 000 (R385 542) prize money to the women of Guinea Bis­sau, re­minded del­e­gates that Agenda 2063, called on all to har­ness African en­ergy re­sources to en­sure mod­ern, ef­fi­cient, re­li­able, cost-ef­fec­tive, re­new­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly en­ergy to all African house­holds, busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and in­sti­tu­tions and other sec­tors.

“I am glad for the work done by the Africa En­ergy Fo­rum over the past 19 years and look for­ward to wel­com­ing you next year in Mau­ri­tius. I en­cour­age you to con­tinue un­til we reach that crit­i­cal tip­ping point in en­ergy ac­cess,” she said.

The ANC con­grat­u­lated Dlamini Zuma, who is a mem­ber of the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, say­ing her pro­gres­sive role on the con­ti­nent el­e­vated South Africa and the con­ti­nent at large to higher stan­dards in up­lift­ing and em­pow­er­ing women. – Staff Re­porter

Donates her prize money to women in Guinea Bis­sau

PIC­TURE: FÉBÉ POT­GI­ETER-GQUBULE

HON­OURED: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma re­ceives a cheque from Shid­dika Mo­hamed of the Africa En­ergy Fo­rum in Copen­hagen.

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