South Africa, Johannesburg – On Wednesday, 1 March, the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) will host the Integrated Energy Transition Dialogue for civil society on the implementation of South Africa’s Just Transition Energy Investment Plan (JET-IP). Civil society organisations organised under the Fair Finance Coalition of Southern Africa argue that South Africa’s JETP-IP can only deliver a just transition if all processes are informed by meaningful participation of affected communities. The Coalition stresses that justice for those most directly affected by a transition from coal – workers and communities – must underpin the investment plan and that transparency and accountability are crucial to realising just and equitable outcomes. Members of the coalition have previously raised concerns that a lack of transparency has made it challenging for civil society to engage and contribute to the JETP and JETP-IP and that this can eventually undermine the country’s JETP and just transition.
The Fair Finance Coalition invites members of the media to a press briefing to engage on civil society’s vision for the JET-IP to deliver real solutions to address the country’s energy, climate and socio-economic crises, and protect affected communities.
Leanne Govindsamy – Attorney, Centre for Environmental Rights talking to opportunities and challenges related to the JET-IP process from a civil society perspective.
Thabo Sibeko – Earth Life Africa, Johannesburg reflecting on the impacts of communities who are affected by poorly managed coal-fired power station projects.
Courtney Morgan – African Climate Reality Project speaking on the realisation of civil society endorsed principles for public finance.
What: Fair Finance Coalition Media briefing on JETP-IP
When: 27th February 2023
Where: Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Time: 9:00 am
For media enquiries, contact:
081 452 9096
African Climate Reality Project
078 393 5596
Fair Finance Southern Africa is a civil society coalition working towards ensuring Development Finance Institutions invest in a socially and environmentally responsible manner in South Africa and Africa. The coalition focuses on issues of climate change and transparency.