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Objecting to Shell is 'apartheid of a special type' - Gwede Mantashe

10 December 2021 10:45 AM
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Stellenbosch University
Renewable energy
Shell
Fossil fuels
Refilwe Moloto
Climate Emergency
climate crisis
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
oil and gas
Wild Coast
decarbonisation
Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies
Sampson Mamphweli

Refilwe Moloto interviews Prof Sampson Mamphweli (Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University).
  • Minister Mantashe is fighting in the corner of fossil fuels – despite the inevitably of decarbonisation

  • Any exploration for oil and gas will have an impact on the environment

  • Gas produces less carbon than coal – but complete decarbonisation must remain the goal


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Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe on Thursday defended Shell against “unrelenting attacks”.

Mantashe has given his full support to Shell’s seismic survey off the Wild Coast.

"Africa deserves an equal chance to develop its economies on the strength of her natural resources,” said Mantashe.

He also likened opposition against Shell’s exploration of oil and gas to apartheid.

“We consider the objections to these developments as apartheid and colonialism of a special type, masqueraded as a great interest for environmental protection."

Refilwe Moloto interviewed Professor Sampson Mamphweli of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University (scroll up to listen).

The integrated resource plan calls for decarbonisation… through decommission of old coal-fired power stations… The Minister focusses more on defending the traditional sources of energy…

Professor Sampson Mamphweli, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Stellenbosch University

Gas is a welcome thing. It has less of a carbon footprint than coal… exploring for it… I disagree that it won’t have an environmental impact…

Professor Sampson Mamphweli, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Stellenbosch University

The Minister is wrong in saying there is no impact on the environment…

Professor Sampson Mamphweli, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Stellenbosch University

The idea is to transition from fossil fuels to renewables… I would even prefer we do away with gas and diesel and focus on the complete decarbonisation of electricity… The focus should be on assisting the electricity landscape to transform in a just manner…

Professor Sampson Mamphweli, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Stellenbosch University



10 December 2021 10:45 AM
Tags:
Stellenbosch University
Renewable energy
Shell
Fossil fuels
Refilwe Moloto
Climate Emergency
climate crisis
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
oil and gas
Wild Coast
decarbonisation
Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies
Sampson Mamphweli

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