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  After a successful week in the UK and Belgium Prime Minister Alan Winde and a delegation from the Western Cape Government WCG took their investment campaign to France and Germany this week Throughout the trip the delegation has been exploring ways to make the province more energy resilient by talking with our European partners With the country undergoing an unprecedented series of massive power outages the longest stretch since load shedding had to be implemented more than 14 years ago WCG is looking abroad for opportunities to address the energy crisis in the country The prime minister said We must approach all solutions to this energy catastrophe with an open mind South Africa s energy production issues are never far from my mind and in nearly every discussion throughout this trip where energy related issues were raised we were keen to hear from our European counterparts about how they are looking at alternative ways and sustainable to generate energy What is at the forefront of my mind is how do we as a provincial government enable a resilient energy environment and what is the right energy mix for the province South Africa is not alone in facing energy challenges The UK and parts of Europe are also dealing to varying degrees with similar problems due to the war between Russia and Ukraine and in the longer term we need to think about an energy mix that meets our demands and addresses the need to address also the growing and worrying climate crisis An exciting new energy market in Europe is green hydrogen GH2 The WCG delegation was hosted by Hydrogen Europe in Belgium The province is well positioned to produce GH2 for local consumption and export The Western Cape is positioning itself as the center of South Africa s green economy Several companies working in the renewable energy space have chosen Cape Town as their home Harnessing the potential of the likes of GH2 and solar energy as well as attracting more investment in this sector was a key message in discussions with Hydrogen Europe as well as representatives from the Port of Antwerp Bruges Special emphasis has also been placed on investment and the growth of entrepreneurship The delegation which includes Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander met with officials from BPI France which describes itself as a one stop shop for entrepreneurs The prime minister said If we can attract more foreign investment and attract more potential entrepreneurs into the field of energy production especially renewable energy we can help solve South Africa s electricity deficit and create more jobs in the process In France discussions on renewable energy were also held with The Organization for Economic Co operation and Development OECD Proparco Groupe AFD In the province s continued push for renewable energy small and medium sized business owners will play an important role in making us less dependent on Eskom said Prime Minister Winde Commenting on the ongoing load shedding he lamented Overall I am very concerned about the situation which is not improving The damage that the continuous power cuts are causing to the provincial economy is considerable This is why we have to intensify and expand our green energy campaign by boosting our relationships with European partners and finding the right energy mix for our province The Prime Minister s next stop was Bavaria Germany Last year WCG and the state of Bavaria began discussions on possible areas of collaboration including a just energy transition and green hydrogen We had another opportunity to further consolidate and deepen relations between our regions on many important issues including finding mutual solutions for energy security the prime minister said at a meeting with the Bavarian Minister of State for European and International Affairs Melanie Huml In addition to the focus on energy the delegation is apparently looking to build and strengthen investment relationships with key European markets such as France The Western Cape and France have enjoyed a healthy relationship for years In 2002 an agreement was signed between the Bourgogne Franche Comte region in particular and the Western Cape Under the agreement the regions committed to cooperate in the areas of Renewable energies Agriculture agro processing Viticulture Innovation Tourism and Education The existing partnership between our province and Bourgogne Franche Comte has been successful Building on this relationship and maintaining the ties is fundamental and mutually beneficial commented the Prime Minister after meeting with the Regional Council of Bourgogne Franche Comte the Regional Development Agency and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the area Prime Minister Winde concluded Enormous opportunities await the Western Cape after our journey
South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde on taking the Western Cape government’s investment campaign to France and Germany

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After a successful week in the UK and Belgium, Prime Minister Alan Winde and a delegation from the Western Cape Government (WCG) took their investment campaign to France and Germany this week.

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Throughout the trip, the delegation has been exploring ways to make the province more energy resilient by talking with our European partners.

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With the country undergoing an unprecedented series of massive power outages, the longest stretch since load shedding had to be implemented more than 14 years ago, WCG is looking abroad for opportunities to address the energy crisis in the country.

The prime minister said: “We must approach all solutions to this energy catastrophe with an open mind.

South Africa‘s energy production issues are never far from my mind and in nearly every discussion throughout this trip where energy-related issues were raised, we were keen to hear from our European counterparts about how they are looking at alternative ways and sustainable to generate energy.

What is at the forefront of my mind is how do we as a provincial government enable a resilient energy environment and what is the right energy mix for the province.” South Africa is not alone in facing energy challenges.

The UK and parts of Europe are also dealing, to varying degrees, with similar problems due to the war between Russia and Ukraine and, in the longer term, we need to think about an energy mix that meets our demands and addresses the need to address also the growing and worrying climate crisis.

An exciting new “energy market” in Europe is green hydrogen (GH2).

The WCG delegation was hosted by Hydrogen Europe in Belgium.

The province is well positioned to produce GH2 for local consumption and export.

The Western Cape is positioning itself as the center of South Africa’s green economy.

Several companies working in the renewable energy space have chosen Cape Town as their home.

Harnessing the potential of the likes of GH2 and solar energy, as well as attracting more investment in this sector, was a key message in discussions with Hydrogen Europe, as well as representatives from the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Special emphasis has also been placed on investment and the growth of entrepreneurship.

The delegation, which includes Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander, met with officials from BPI France, which describes itself as a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.

The prime minister said: “If we can attract more foreign investment and attract more potential entrepreneurs into the field of energy production, especially renewable energy, we can help solve South Africa’s electricity deficit and create more jobs in the process”.

In France, discussions on renewable energy were also held with: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Proparco Groupe AFD “In the province’s continued push for renewable energy, small and medium-sized business owners will play an important role in making us less dependent on Eskom,” said Prime Minister Winde.

Commenting on the ongoing load shedding, he lamented: “Overall, I am very concerned about the situation, which is not improving.

The damage that the continuous power cuts are causing to the provincial economy is considerable.

This is why we have to intensify and expand our green energy campaign by boosting our relationships with European partners and finding the right energy mix for our province.” The Prime Minister’s next stop was Bavaria, Germany.

Last year, WCG and the state of Bavaria began discussions on possible areas of collaboration, including a just energy transition and green hydrogen.

“We had another opportunity to further consolidate and deepen relations between our regions on many important issues, including finding mutual solutions for energy security,” the prime minister said at a meeting with the Bavarian Minister of State for European and International Affairs.

, Melanie Huml. In addition to the focus on energy, the delegation is apparently looking to build and strengthen investment relationships with key European markets, such as France.

The Western Cape and France have enjoyed a healthy relationship for years.

In 2002 an agreement was signed between the Bourgogne Franche Comte region in particular and the Western Cape. Under the agreement, the regions committed to cooperate in the areas of: Renewable energies Agriculture; agro-processing; Viticulture; Innovation; Tourism and Education “The existing partnership between our province and Bourgogne Franche Comte has been successful.

Building on this relationship and maintaining the ties is fundamental and mutually beneficial”, commented the Prime Minister after meeting with the Regional Council of Bourgogne Franche Comte, the Regional Development Agency and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the area.

Prime Minister Winde concluded: “Enormous opportunities await the Western Cape after our journey.”

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