SA, Germany look to energy partnership
26 February 2013
South Africa and Germany last week signed a memorandum of understanding to
promote cooperation on energy issues and to partner on developing sustainable
The memorandum complements the declaration of intent for "South African-German
cooperation in the area of energy and climate", signed in November 2010, as well as
a partnership agreement struck with four European countries and the European
Investment Bank in December 2011 to help fund the South African Renewables
The former provides a strategic framework for South African-German development
cooperation in the energy sector, while the latter seeks to support accelerated
investment in the development of renewables in South Africa.
The energy partnership envisaged in last week's agreement aims to build on these
existing agreements will providing a general framework for political dialogue and
cooperation in the energy
sector for both sides.
According to the Department of Energy, the partnership will focus on promoting
renewable energies and energy efficiency, new carbon market instruments for
financing investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency, and opportunities
for cooperation in nuclear safety and security.
Under the partnership, the South African and German governments aim to strengthen
their cooperation on capacity building, institutional arrangements, public awareness-
raising, and staff training and exchanges.
They will also encourage German and South African companies to cooperate in
exploring business opportunities in the field of renewable energy.
The department said both governments had taken note of recent advances in
renewable energy technologies, the available renewable resources in South Africa,
and the consequent opportunities for their widespread application.
They also recognized the need to foster environments that
would enable increasing
private sector involvement and stronger public-private partnerships in the field of