The cabinet approved the long-awaited Climate Bill, and the Presidential Climate Change Commission has worked to build a social compact around a just transition — its profile has helped to give Creecy’s department the political clout it needs.
The department also released the country’s updated nationally determined contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement, which reduces South Africa’s target range for greenhouse gas emissions. However, only the lower proposed range aligns with a fair-share trajectory of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C. Climate Action Tracker now rates South Africa’s climate targets and policies as “insufficient”.
Creecy has been hauled to court for her authorisation of a gas-to-power plant and for giving the green light to offshore oil and gas exploration. Her defiant response to the “deadly air” lawsuit on the polluted Mpumalanga highveld has seen her accused of siding with the region’s biggest polluters, Eskom and Sasol, instead of ensuring cleaner air.
Her report on the management of “iconic” wildlife, which recommends ending inhumane and irresponsible practices, including canned lion hunting and lion-bone farming, garnered wide praise, but the follow through will be tough.
On the Karpowership scandal, Creecy has stood her ground, despite conflicting viewpoints in the cabinet. She will earn her spurs if she is able to effectively negotiate with her colleagues, who continue to push dirty energy.
|Take a bow. You are doing an excellent job.|
|Good, but room for improvement.|
|Get your act together.|
|Do yourself and the country a favour - resign.|
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