Introducing SMART planning

EGI-SA 12/12/12

SMART ELECTRICITY: Planning and building a modern infrastructure for South Africa

INTRODUCTION

The Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA) is a collaborative partnership between a number of civil society organisations and is also more informally associated with other civil society groups. Our primary aim is to build a roadmap towards a positive electricity future for South Africa, by:

  • Producing analyses and research to inform decision-making processes,
  • Building the capacity of civil society to engage in these processes,
  • Advocating for transparent, inclusive governance that results in legitimate decisions that uphold public interests.

Out of our collaborative explorations, we determined the need to develop an innovative electricity plan that could be used to deepen and widen public understanding of the issues, and inspire greater engagement in determining our electricity future. Out of this, Smart was birthed with much work over the last few months.

We would like to emphasise that what we are presenting today is a small taste of our preliminary findings, which are meant to draw attention to the fact that we have found sufficient evidence to call for an urgent revision of the IRP 2010. We plan to continue discussions with a broad spectrum of role players to continue to develop our findings, and we are working on finalising concrete recommendations to be ready early in 2013.