Greenpeace: SONA Ignores Electricity Crisis

Greenpeace criticises Zuma for ignoring the increasing electricity tariffs and water crisis in his state of the nation address

Environmental group, Greenpeace, says South Africans face ‘sharply’ increasing electricity prices and an impending water crisis - something the president seems to have missed in his State of the Nation Address.

The organisation argues that while government’s estimated R47 billion investment in renewable energy projects is a step in the right direction, this amount is insignificant when compared to the well-over R200 billion being spent on new coal-fired power stations - or the estimated R1 trillion for the planned nuclear programme.

It says that investments in coal and nuclear take this country two steps backwards, preventing growth in the renewable energy sector, significant job creation, and water security.

To read the article titled, “State of the nation ignores electricity crisis,” click here.

Source: 
Greenpeace

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