Civil Society Organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) working on environment and human rights acknowledge South Africa’s process of public consultation in the development of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). We applaud this process of public consultation, which should serve as a model to countries in the region, given that it is an application of the principles of democracy, accountability to the people, and a manifested desire to involve the general public in the adoption of energy solutions for the future of South Africa.
Congolese environmental and human rights NGOs are conscious of the need to stimulate economic development and growth in Africa, and the role that integrated energy development plays at the national, sub-regional and regional levels. However, we respectfully take this opportunity to share our concerns regarding Inga 3, its inclusion in the South African 2018 IRP and the country’s energy future. This, is in order to persuade the South African government not to include Inga in its future energy plan and to encourage bilateral partnership with the Congolese government in order to develop energy solutions that improve energy access in the DRC, and the standard of living for millions of Congolese, without compromising future generations through the development of Inga 3.