SA to host global renewable energy conference

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the SAIREC conference bring together over 30 countries.

FILE: Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says South Africa has a healthy "energy mix" which ranges from nuclear ambitions to renewable power plants.

She says renewable energy will come into focus in early October when Cape Town hosts an international conference on the latest technologies and investment opportunities.

The conference is expected to bring together over 30 countries, their ministers, investors and civil society.

Joemat-Pettersson says this is the first time the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) will be hosted on African soil.

"SAIREC will demonstrate why Africa is the business destination for renewable energy sector given its current growth trajectory and need for investment in clean energy to underpin sustainable economic growth."

Last month Joemat-Pettersson had to withdraw a presentation on dealing with the energy crisis after opposition objections that the document she had given members of Parliament (MPs) was classified secret.

Democratic Alliance MP Pieter van Dalen raised the point that members of the energy portfolio committee needed security clearance or the document had to be declassified before they could deal with it.

After deliberations behind closed doors, it was decided the minister would return once the classification of the document had been dealt with.

Joemat-Pettersson is at the forefront of the government's plans to build a fleet of nuclear reactors at the cost of billions, if not trillions, of rands.

President Jacob Zuma had said the plans are at an advanced stage, but they have been shrouded in secrecy.