Truckers to hand memorandum to Presidency

Coal Transportation Forum's truck owners and drivers have arrived at the Union Buildings to deliver their memorandum to the Presidency.

Major traffic delays were reported on several highways in Pretoria as protesters were driving slowly and blocking roads.

Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum, Mary Phadi, said they want President Jacob Zuma to withdraw his announcement that government will employ more independent power producers, as they believe this will result in job losses.

Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner, Nhlanhla Sibisi, says it's unfortunate that this may result in job loses.

Sibisi South Africa will not need coal in the future, he added. Greenpeace is advocating for renewable energy.

However, he emphasises that there should be a just transition.

We see this as an opportunity whereby government can actually make sure that these workers are skilled so we move away from the use of coal, as you know that Greenpeace is in favour of renewable energy.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner

We would like to see, as the President mentioned in his Sona, the IPPs on renewables be signed. The impact as a result of coal is huge and we know the impact by now. We would like to see the transition happening much sooner.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner

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