Denmark can assist South Africa in renewable energy sector
19 October 2015
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, delivered an address as part of an outreach programme co-hosted by Afrika Kontakt solidarity movement and the South African Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Afrika Kontakt is a solidarity movement with its roots in the anti-apartheid movement, founded in 1978, against colonialism and suppression in Southern Africa.
South Africa's bilateral relations with Denmark are predicated on the historic Danish support and solidarity with the liberation struggle against apartheid in the early 1960s, leading to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations at the advent of South Africa's democracy.
In her address, the Deputy Minister highlighted the potential opportunities in development of the energy sector, particularly in the field of renewable energy, such as wind and solar energy, as well as energy efficiency technology. In 2012, South Africa signed an agreement with Denmark for the development of the renewable energy sector in South Africa, which now give support with energy-efficiency provision in low-income housing.
Deputy Minister Mfeketo also remarked about Denmark's support for the reform of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, as this strengthens Africa's Ezulwini Consensus, which calls for the Continent's permanent representation in the Security Council.
Whilst in Copenhagen, Deputy Minister Mfeketo addressed South African expatriates, African Ambassadors and veterans of the anti-apartheid movement. The Deputy Minister thanked the Danish Government and its people for their contribution in the liberation of South Africa from apartheid and their support to South Africa's effort in reconstruction and development of the country. Deputy Minister Mfeketo explained that Denmark is one of the leading examples in green economy and South Africa can still learn a lot from it. The Deputy Minister also encouraged South Africans to study and liaise closely with the Danish groups to equip themselves with relevant technical skills and increase their knowledge on renewable energy which will improve the livelihoods of South African people and move the country forward when they come back home.