Honourable Chairperson of the Extended Parliamentary Committee
Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP
Honourable Chairperson of the Energy Portfolio Committee, Mr Fikile Majola
Honourable Members of the Executive
Honourable Members of Parliament
Honourable Members of Parliamentary Committees
Members of the Diplomatic Corp present
Invited guests and stakeholders
Ladies and gentlemen.
I would like to add my voice in thanking the millions of our people who have once again placed their faith and confidence in the African National Congress. We are humbled and will not betray that trust.
The ANC government has correctly identified energy as an apex priority for the attainment of economic growth in the fight against the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. It is with the overwhelming mandate that you have given us, that we are here today to outline how we plan to tackle the scourge of jobless growth in a very challenging global economic environment.
We do this as part of a larger collective of government across its three spheres. We are cognisant of the fact that we cannot do this alone and will work together hand in glove with our people and organised formations of business and civil society.
The National Development Plan (NDP) has outlined the need for an energy sector that promotes economic growth and development, promotes social equity through expanded access to energy services and environmental sustainability through concerted efforts to reduce pollution and mitigation of the effects of global climate changes. The ANC Manifesto identified the access to reliable energy supply in all its forms, as a priority for this administration.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS