- President Cyril Ramaphoa urged South Africans to maintain a positive outlook amid the ongoing energy crisis
- He reaffirmed the government's commitment to managing the crisis while presenting energy investment plans at the UN COP28
- South Africans weighed in on Ramaphosa's call for positivity with varying opinions on social media
DUBAI - President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a message at the UN Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai, addressing South Africa's energy crisis and encouraging citizens to contribute positively to the nation's narrative.
Acknowledging the energy crisis
He emphasised the existence of a comprehensive energy action plan, indicating a strategic approach to address the challenges reported TimesLIVE.
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SA's investment plan
Ramaphosa unveiled South Africa's just energy investment plan. He also mentioned a successful deal struck at COP26 with countries committing up to $8.5bn for investment. Subsequently, this commitment has increased to $11.2bn, reflecting growing international support.
Citizens digital discourse
Read a few comments below:
Ow Africa said:
"Ramaphosa has managed to hold the constitutional democracy integrity of South Africa in tough times with diplomacy, COVID, the Russia and Ukraine conflict, and internal challenges. Thank you, President."
Robert Marchese commented:
"Of course, he came with a plan, a plan to siphon funds from the UN for his party's purpose."
Nerashani Govender posted:
"Hope his plan is for him and his senior citizens in parliament to go swim in our Durban beaches and never return."
Karonn Naidu stated:
"Of course you did, looking to score a share of the pledges made by wealthier nations at COP28!
Mike Gerretsen added:
"The plan was for the international community to dish out more money to the ANC to pocket into their own private accounts.
Lindie Bushby said:
"Without change, this all is only cheap talk."
Ramaphosa keeps performance assessments under wraps
In another article, Briefly News reported that the Presidency, in response to a rejected DA Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application seeking the release of performance assessments of cabinet ministers, said that these evaluations would remain confidential.
The reason cited is President Cyril Ramaphosa's concern that such information could be exploited as a political tool to cast his colleagues in a negative light.
Source: Briefly News