Government Pass UPRD Bill Amid Climate Change Bill

As South Africans applauded the passing of the Climate Change Bill, which occurred on 25 April 2024, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) presented the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill to South Africa's Parliament for approval. The Bill, if enacted, aims to enhance the oversight and management of the country's upstream petroleum activities. According to the department, the purpose of the proposed bill is to address the present shortcomings in legislation and encourage black participation in the sector. However, concerns have been raised about the Bill's environmental impact, conflicts with regulations, and potential fossil fuel dependency. Lisa Makaula the advocacy leader for the Green Connection expressed her concern with the following...  INSERT [Green connection] She ends by saying the outcome of this process will have significant implications for the future of South Africa's energy landscape and its pursuit of inclusive, sustainable development.

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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