World Bank approves 3.75 billion dollar loan to support South Africa's energy security plans (2)

11:23, April 09, 2010      

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"Access to energy is essential for fighting poverty and catalyzing growth, both in South Africa and the wider sub-region. Our support to Eskom combines much-needed investments to boost generation capacity for growing small and large businesses, creating jobs, and helping lay the foundations for a clean energy future through investments in solar and wind power."

In approving the project, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors noted South Africa's achievement in increasing energy access from around 30 percent of citizens to more than 80 percent since the fall of apartheid in 1994 and noted its Free Basic Electricity policy that provides 50 kilowatt hours (KWh) of free electricity per month to poor families.

The Board noted South Africa's pivotal role as generator of 60 percent of all electricity consumed on the African continent and the importance of a functioning electricity sector for job creation, economic progress, human welfare, and poverty reduction.

However, the United States, the biggest shareholder of the World Bank, abstained in the vote, citing that it has concerns about "the significant greenhouse gas emissions" the power utility would produce.


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