South Africa will resolve energy challenges – President Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, has pledged to resolve the country’s electricity challenges, after a tour of the Redstone Solar Plant in Postmasburg, on 0ctober 20th, 2022.
“Much as we are still dealing with the challenges of load shedding with Eskom, if we look through the tunnel, we see the light. We are going to resolve our energy challenges,” he said.
The 100 MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tower project is part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) of the South African government.
In a statement to the media, President Ramaphosa thanked the Saudi government for funding the project. According to him, the Saudi government invested more than R12 billion in the project. This contribution strengthens bilateral relations, following his recent official visit to Saudi Arabia.
During the visit last week, the two countries signed 17 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in a variety of fields, including agriculture, fisheries, mining, renewable energy, security, transportation, and aquaculture.
Other memorandums of understanding signed include those on the formation of a Joint Business Council, military industry and procurement cooperation, and geological survey cooperation.
President Ramaphosa said, “For all of us, this is a great day because we are no longer just turning the sod. We are actually seeing the real infrastructure build.”
He added that the project will attract investment to the country. Given the current unemployment challenges, the President believes it is encouraging to see skills transfer between partners.
The Redstone CSP Plant project has so far created 972 jobs, with a total of 1500 jobs expected by the end of the project. During the operations and maintenance phase, approximately 100 permanent jobs will be created.
Source: Energy Ghana