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'Climate change poses serious threat to Africa's development'

Minister Edna Molewa says it threatens the continent’s long-term sustainability and economic growth.

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says climate change poses one of the most serious threats against Africa's long-term sustainability, economic growth and the quality of life of its people.

Yesterday, Molewa delivered a public lecture on climate change at the University of Johannesburg ahead of the COP21 Conference at the end of the year.

She says climate change threatens to undermine government's developmental gains.

Her remarks on climate change follows a study by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that Africa is currently experiencing one of its hottest years ever.

Molewa's spokesman Albi Modise says South Africa's energy plan must take cognisance of changing weather patterns.

"We should find other means of generating energy while also recognising that South Africa has got a clear plan in terms of its migration towards a low carbon development-based job creating economy."

Modise says that global leaders must consider that developing countries are hit harder by climate change.

"It's important for international negotiations to recognise the fact that climate change threatens to derail development."

The COP21 Conference will take place in Paris in November.