Concern Mounts As Sa Inks New R10bn Loan For Just Transition.

(Business Report – The Mercury)

FINANCING Concern mounts as 34 inks new IllObn loan for Just Transition SIPHELELE DLUDLA siphelele.dludla@inl.co.za ACTIVISTS and analysts have expressed growing concern about South Africa’s increasing loans to fund its Just Energy Transition Programme JETP following more than R10 billion in loans from European countries.

FINANCING Concern mounts as 34 inks new IllObn loan for Just Transition SIPHELELE DLUDLA siphelele.dludla@inl.co.za ACTIVISTS and analysts have expressed growing concern about South Africa’s increasing loans to fund its Just Energy Transition Programme JETP following more than R10 billion in loans from European countries.

The coalition said it was concerned about the additional debt burden occasioned by the $8.5bn offer, which primarily takes the form of loans. Alia Kajee, public finance campaigner for 350Africa.org, said civil society was not adequately included and consulted. “Civil society continues to demand that climate finance for South Africa does not result in additional debt,” Kajee said. “Civil society can support the JETP process if it is transparent, inclusive and committed to ensuring that the people are at the centre of the just transition.” Amy Giliam Thorp, branch manager for ACRP, said they were calling for climate finance that was fair, transparent, and inclusive, without locking the country into further debt. “Given their developmental mandates, PFIs have an important role and obligation to finance a just and equitable society. As the findings from our policy assessment show, PFIs in southern Africa, like the African Development Bank, have much work to do to ensure transparent public finance that helps address the climate crisis,” Thorp said. Through the Integrated Resource Plans of 2010 and 2019, South Africa has a clear path to decarbonisation through a new technology mix and the decommissioning of Eskom’s plants.

President Cyril Ramaphosa this week told delegates at C0P27 that South Africa will need R1.5 trillion in investment to support its just transition over the next five years. In a statement yesterday, the Treasury’s acting directorgeneral Ismail Momoniat said funding from France and Germany would assist in addressing the challenge of financing the critical adaptation and mitigation programmes and supporting a resilient, sustainable and inclusive growth. “These loans are concessional and contribute to the government’s efforts to mitigate rising government debt costs,” he said. However, independent energy analyst Lungile Mashele yesterday questioned how much of this funding was concessional and how much was commercial funding.

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