THE iconic Greenpeace flagship vessel Rainbow Warrior will dock in Port Elizabeth on Sunday as part of a national tour to highlight solutions to SA’s concerning electricity crisis.
Rainbow Warrior arrived in Cape Town on February 6 and will continue along the South African coast with stops scheduled for Port Elizabeth and Durban. The ship will host an open boat day in the Port Elizabeth Harbour between 10am and 3pm on Sunday.
Greenpeace Africa executive director Michael O’Brien Onyeka said the tour was part of a campaign to highlight that renewable energy investments were the solution to the current electricity crisis.
“Welcoming the Rainbow Warrior in South Africa at a time when the country is threatened by stage-three load-shedding is really important for Greenpeace Africa.
“The country is in crisis, and it is clear that the solution to load-shedding is not more investment in coal and nuclear, but in removing the barriers to renewable energy,” Mr Onyeka said.
The South African government is currently forging ahead with new nuclear investments, which may cost as much as R1-trillion, and will take at least 15 years to build.
With this ship tour, Greenpeace plans to highlight the fact that nuclear energy is not viable, and that removing the barriers to renewable energy investments is the real solution to the current electricity crisis.