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South Africa’s envoy to Russia slams Germany’s ‘double standards’ amid calls to resume coal mining


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South Africa’s envoy to Russia slams Germany’s ‘double standards’ amid calls to resume coal mining

South Africa’s envoy to Russia slams Germany’s ‘double standards’ amid calls to resume coal mining

This article is about South African Ambassador to Russia Mzuvukile Maqetuka accusing Germany of exercising double standards in urging South Africa to resume coal mining for export while arguing the need for an energy transition.

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By urging South Africa to resume coal mining for export while arguing the need for an energy transition, Germany is showing double standards, the South African ambassador said in Russia Mzuvukile Maqetuka to Sputnik. In early December, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck traveled to Namibia and South Africa to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the two African countries. The main topics of the talks were energy supply, business growth, as well as cooperation in the field of hydrogen and decarbonisation. The minister also took part in the fourth German-African Business Summit (GABS 2022), held in Johannesburg earlier this week, which aimed to promote economic relations between Germany and sub-Saharan Africa. Maqetuka noted that South Africa needs energy. resources, but takes its decarbonization obligations seriously. Previously, the World Bank-affiliated Climate Investment Funds (CIF) pledged to provide South Africa with $500 million received from private and public investors to replace some coal-fired power plants with alternatives. The West has intensified sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, which has driven up electricity, fuel and food prices in Europe and the United States. At the end of September, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that cheap and reliable Russian energy resources were Europe’s competitive advantage, or even its partial rejection, is already having a negative impact on its economy and its people. The president argued that by pushing the EU to completely reject Russian energy resources, the United States is leading to the deindustrialization of Europe.

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Earlier this month, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck visited South Africa and Namibia, where he held talks with heads of state on the decarbonisation of energy supply and business growth.

By urging South Africa to resume coal mining for export while arguing the need for an energy transition, Germany is showing double standards, the South African ambassador told Sputnik. African in Russia Mzuvukile Maqetuka.

In early December, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck traveled to Namibia and South Africa to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the two African countries. The main topics of the talks were energy supply, business growth, as well as cooperation in the field of hydrogen and decarbonisation. The minister also took part in the fourth German-African Business Summit (GABS 2022), held in Johannesburg earlier this week, which aimed to promote economic relations between Germany and sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Germans are quite aggressively pursuing their policy of seeking new markets. They came to South Africa to discuss the challenges of energy transition. At the same time, they themselves increased coal imports from South Africa on a large scale. The contradiction is that South Africa has virtually suspended the production and use of coal for its own needs, and is now selling it to Germany,” the ambassador said.

Maqetuka noted that South Africa needs energy resources, but takes its decarbonization obligations seriously.

“Despite the fact that we still have large coal reserves that will last 200 years, we have closed most of the mines. And now our government is under pressure to resume coal mining. European countries are doing it too, they are opening frozen mines,” the diplomat stressed.

Previously, the World Bank-affiliated Climate Investment Funds (CIF) pledged to provide South Africa with $500 million received from private and public investors to replace some coal-fired power plants with green alternatives. .

The West has stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, driving up electricity, fuel and food prices in Europe and the United States.

At the end of September, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that cheap and reliable Russian energy resources were Europe’s competitive advantage, and even a partial rejection of them is already having a negative impact on its economy and its people. The president argued that by pushing the EU to completely reject Russian energy resources, the United States is leading to the deindustrialization of Europe.



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