Radebe said that South Africa would benefit from the IEA’s relationship and authority, and improve the government's energy planning in all sectors including electricity, gas, and grid integration. A decision to tender for new LNG import and gas-fired generation capacities, which had been expected in 2016, has still yet to formally be launched - despite a new government since February headed by president Cyril Ramaphosa.
The IEA statement said: "South Africa has made important strides toward developing an energy sector road-map that will ensure a cleaner future for the country and help keep pace with climate change commitments. South Africa’s recently drafted Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 includes the integration of a larger share of renewables, and introduction of measures to help reduce less sustainable sources of fuel in the mix" - a reference to coal which, at roughly 90%, dominates the country's power generation mix.
South Africa first inked a memo of understanding with the IEA in 2011. Radebe approved the country's associate status in March. The IEA has 30 member countries (mostly OECD nations in Europe, North America, east Asia and Australasia), plus eight Association countries: Brazil, China, Indonesia, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.