The South African Wind Energy Association says the introduction of more renewables into the country’s energy mix will help decrease South Africa’s carbon emissions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, during his 2022 SONA last week, said several new generation projects will be coming online over the next few years.

This includes about 500MW to be generated through window 4 of the renewable energy programme.

SAWEA Chairperson Mercia Grimbeek says several of these projects are at an advanced stage.

Grimbeek says renewable energy sources hold an array of benefits.

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The environmental advocacy group, The Green Connection has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to rethink his climate action response.
The group reacted to Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address and says South Africa’s future energy plans should not include oil and gas exploration.
Strategic Lead at the Green Connection Liziwe McDaid says more emphasis should be placed on using renewables to address energy challenges.

McDaid says future development should be more environmentally-focused.

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Taxpayers are set to fork around R4-million for this year’s State of the Nation Address proceedings.
This year’s SONA will, like in 2020, be hosted in a hybrid fashion.
Some delegates will attend the event in person at the Cape Town City Hall, while others will attend the event virtually.
The acting secretary of Parliament, Baby Tyawa says extra expenses have to be budgeted for, this year, after the fire at Parliament in January.

The amount includes the cost of proceedings for the post-SONA debates and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reply.

Tyawa says the 2020 SONA cost taxpayers around R208,000.

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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has assured South Africans that the 2022 State of the Nation address will not be affected by loadshedding.

Eskom yesterday afternoon announced the implementation of stage 2 loadshedding saying that although it would be suspended this morning, the power cuts could last later into the week.

De Ruyter says plans are in place to ensure the uninterrupted hosting of the SONA.

He says they will work with the City of Cape Town municipality to ensure that the proceedings are not interrupted.

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