Renewable Energy Lessons from Portugal: Ramaphosa Seeks Partnership

President Cyril Ramaphosa pins hopes on Portugal’s renewable energy expertise to shed South Africa’s load shedding woes.

In a bid to alleviate the chronic energy crisis plaguing South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed forming a partnership with renewable energy trailblazer, Portugal. Recognizing Portugal as a European leader in renewable energy, Ramaphosa believes its expertise could be instrumental in liberating South Africa from the stranglehold of crippling power outages.

Energy Crisis: A Devastating Impact

South Africa’s escalating power cuts have dealt a severe blow to its economy, resulting in widespread job losses. While energy provider Eskom aims to reactivate some offline units by the year’s end, the crisis remains far from resolution.

A Portuguese Connection: Potential Path to Energy Security

Hosting Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Pretoria this Tuesday, Ramaphosa highlighted Portugal’s achievement in securing energy stability, an accomplishment South Africa seeks to emulate.

Efforts Towards Energy Availability

South Africa’s Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, outlined plans to bolster the energy availability factor, earmarking four power stations for urgent technical attention. A team of engineers commenced their work on these stations this Monday.

Drawing Inspiration from Portugal’s Renewable Success

Ramaphosa underscored the potential value of Portugal’s experiences in deploying renewable resources. “We have much to learn from Portugal’s success in achieving energy security, particularly through its diverse and renewable energy sources. We see great opportunity in sharing best practices, investing in technology transfer, and developing skills,” he stated.

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A Mutually Beneficial Partnership

De Sousa confirmed Portugal’s sustained efforts over the years to achieve energy security. Meanwhile, Ramaphosa expressed the desire to strengthen trade and investment ties with Lisbon, citing Portugal as a key European partner.

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