South Africa: Climate Commission Urges Electricity Reforms and Renewable Energy Expansion - South African News Briefs - June 2, 2023

2 June 2023


Climate Commission Urges Electricity Reforms and Renewable Energy Expansion

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has submitted its recommendations on the future of electricity planning and the revision of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan to President Cyril Ramaphosa, reports SABC News. The PCC suggests prioritising cost-effective and widely known renewable energy technologies, supported by storage and peaking support. The commission calls for an Integrated Resource Plan that maximises renewable energy available on the grid. President Ramaphosa is confident that the electricity crisis will be addressed based on these recommendations.

Billboards Call For Russian Leader Putin's Arrest Ahead of BRICS Summit

U.S.-based non-profit organization Avaaz has put up digital billboards along highways between Johannesburg and Pretoria, urging South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he attends the BRICS summit in August, reports The Citizen. The move comes after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Putin, putting pressure on the government to fulfill its obligation to arrest him under the ICC's Rome Statute, which South Africa has signed. Avaaz argues that allowing Putin to visit without consequence would be a victory for impunity. The billboards are strategically placed to reach millions of motorists and are part of Avaaz's campaign to hold Russia accountable for the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian activists have also appealed to South Africa to stand with them against Russia and arrest Putin as a wanted war criminal.

Taxi Drivers Attack Uber and Bolt Vehicles in Soweto

Violence erupted outside Maponya Mall in Soweto, resulting in at least two injuries, reports eNCA. People alleged to be taxi drivers attacked Uber and Bolt vehicles. At least three vehicles were burnt. Videos circulating on social media show people using various objects to attack cars and set them alight.

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