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Jennifer in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(14 September 2010)
YES PLEASE!!!

Ryan in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(14 September 2010)
Meeting energy demands through the burning of fossil fuels (including oil and natural gas), in the face of rapidly changing climate, is no longer a feasible option. The risks are too great.

South Africa (and the world at large) needs to both reduce its energy demand and have that reduced demand met by renewable, clean sources, of which solar is the best option.
Derek in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(13 September 2010)
Sustainable energy is the route we have to take to make is less dependant on limited fossil fuels.

Kieran in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(13 September 2010)
Lets NOT be stupid and kill our planet, shall we? Get the solar water heaters...

Claire in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(13 September 2010)
I hope the government makes a vital and wise decision here.
Gillian in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(13 September 2010)
Please consider the advantages of supplying households with free solar geysers rather than spending so many valuable rands on commissioning another pollution contributing, coal power station.
Ridwan in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(13 September 2010)
We need to start thinking long term; Generations into the future.
We need to consider allowing Greener projects as Tax Deductable expenses.
Look at international case studies; the distributed energy creation model is the most sustainable model.

Herrie in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(13 September 2010)
Even if Government insists on still building coal-powered power stations, however short-sighted this approach may be, we should in any case invest in solar water heater production.
Mathilda in Eastern Cape - Jeffrey's Bay

(13 September 2010)
If you spent the PBMR budget on solar - every household in the country could have had access to free hot water. Make the right decision this time round.

Hendrik in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(13 September 2010)
Reducing energy consumption should be the ultimate goal of any effort to make our energy economy self sufficient. Please support this effort to reduce our national energy consumption and let our tax money have the best impact.

Leon-Valeri in Gauteng - All Areas

(12 September 2010)
Relative to our size, South Africa contributes far more than most countries to climate change. But SA is also one of the world's sunniest countries. And we have a high unemployment rate.
All of these factors could be harnessed to make use of an incredible opportunity. Instead of building more coal-fired, climate changing power plants, South Africa should dramatically expand the number of domestic solar water heaters.
The government has already committed to increase the number of installed solar water heaters, and has insitituted limited subsidies to support homeowners who want to switch to or supplement with solar.
Let's give government a nudge to help them help ourselves. Sign the online petition and get SA on a cleaner footing.
According to Project90x2030 calculations, backed up by expert assessments, the South African government could buy four million free solar water heaters for R60 billion. Four million solar water heaters would displace 12,000,000 MW hours of electricity per year. Investment in clean energy can cut out the need for Kusile! We must do GREEN!!!!! Help make a difference,help save the planet!


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Stephen in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(11 September 2010)
I cannot believe the stupidity of building coal fired power stations.if the goverment were to encourage and subsidise the cost of solar heating then more would be made and the price would come down so that many of us could afford to buy our own,

Michele in Western Cape (All Areas)

(11 September 2010)
Renewable energy use IS the only solution - we have got to stop polluting now.

Tracy in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(10 September 2010)
We absolutely should be investing in renewable resource technology instead of coal plants!!!

Emilia in Western Cape (All Areas)

(10 September 2010)
Ek glo dat die benutting van alternatiewe energiebronne - ook aktief deur die regering - die enigste oplossing is in ons soeke na volhoubare bemagtiging en die droom haalbaar kan maak dat elke Suid-Afrikaner 'n ordentlike lewe kan lei. Ongelukkig gee politici my min hoop dat hierdie ooit prioriteit sal geniet.

Faye in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 September 2010)
This is a no-brainer - polluting coal or solar energy?! Just the inefficiencies in moving energy generated centrally around the province/country is enough to convince any sane person to move it local - and on your roof is a close as you can get it! DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROVE THAT WE SA IS NOT BACKWARD 3RD WORLD!!

Jade in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(10 September 2010)
South Africa has an outrageous amount of sunshine. Why are we not supporting technology to use what is given to us, our big star. It is after all, FREE.

paul in Western Cape (All Areas)

(10 September 2010)
i agree lets get SA free of power and use the renewable energy to accomplish that.

andrew in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
keep it green!

Kit in Western Cape (All Areas)

(09 September 2010)
We need sustainable energy here in South Africa so that we can move into the future with confidence.

fanie in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
The amount of power used by industry far far exceeds domestic use. Why not concentrate your efforts there. Start industry using green cleaning products so we dont have to heat water to rinse the poison stuff off.
Benita in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
This really is the only way to go. Solar water heating is picking the low hanging fruit in terms of renewables. Easy peasy. It's not only the coal that will be needed for new power stations such as Medupi that is a problem - there's also the megalitres of water that we don't have to waste on this form of power generation.

Verity in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(09 September 2010)
Let's spend our money wisely for the better of mankind
Ken in Gauteng - All Areas

(09 September 2010)
Please consider the future costs to our planet of our continuous reliance on fossil fuels. Cheap coal may be cheap now, but what will it cost in future medical bills for people made ill by the pollution, and the costs of cleaning up our polluted water??

Ilhaam in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
As a 14 year old, i actually want my kids to have a good future and not be scared to go outside because of harmful gasses in the air.

sherryl in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
I support this cause for the future of our children, we need to be aware that we are the problem for climate change & need to be proactive in anyway possible to prevent any more horiffic damage to our planet

Carey in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
It is about time we put more money into alternative energy sources and not just keep on building more power stations.

Shayna in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
It is to the country`s detriment and the governments benefit to implement either coal fired or nuclear power stations.THE SOLUTION IS GLARINGLY OBVIOUS, but you fat cats like to get rich off Eskom price increases don`t you?

Rika in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
Instead of building huge amounts more coal burning power capacity, South Africa can and should dramatically expand the number of domestic solar water heaters. The government has already committed to increasing the number of installed solar water heaters, and has insitituted limited subsidies to support homeowners who want to switch to or supplement with solar. Activist says, let us scale up solar water heaters urgently!
Liezel in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
Let's build a better world for our children than the one we where given.
Angela in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
If you, our government, are serious about creating jobs,reducing harmful carbon emissions and climate change, saving our precious water and helping South Africans reduce soaring electricity bills, then you must go for this campaign.
eve in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
By buying solar power not only are you helping the earth but making it liveable for our future generations. Its time we made our mark in history for many generations to talk about.Create jobs that you promised.

Alyssa in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
It only makes sense to purchase solar water heaters! With an abundance of sunshine, this could mean more affordable for all and better for the environment! Utilize the precious natural resources this country is blessed with!
Carmen in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(09 September 2010)
Saving - money, cost, the environment.
providing - much needed, ultimately cheaper waterheaters.

Paige in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
We must harness the abundent free energy available to us. The money Govt is wanting to spend on a Polluting Coal Plant can be better spent on Clean Energy plants, making us proud that our country is taking the climate change situation seriously.

Kate in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(09 September 2010)
The South African Government has recognised the country’s high level of renewable energy potential and has placed targets of 10 000 GWh of renewable energy by 2013. Let's help realise this target sooner by 2013!!

Vanessa in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(09 September 2010)
I do not think that energy from coal is a good idea, it is dirty energy. Let's move to clean energy, as you are well aware of what that entails.
Thanks

Kirsty in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 September 2010)
Lets make use of all the glorious sunshine we have in SA!!

Robynn in Western Cape - Knysna

(09 September 2010)
This is a must for everybody if we want a future.
In this country of ours, with all our sunshine it makes such sense.
Minet in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(09 September 2010)
Sunny South Africa - let's make the sunshine work for us. What's the point of adding more coal plants when our coal mines are known to depleted soon (that's not even looking at the damage burning coal does).
Siobhan in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(08 September 2010)
I agree with all of the positive comments and reasons given on this website to go solar. It would also open up a whole new industry for South Africa. We have the labour force here and the technological skills. We should be supplying solar panelling to the rest of the world.

Andrew in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Simply painting roofs is helpful to reducing heat. Solar heaters should just be start.
Chloe in Eastern Cape - All Areas

(08 September 2010)
To use this loan for the next election campaign is shortsighted and self serving. People fought the struggle for a better life. Manage our world, our land and our livelyhoods with the understanding that people should have rights now and forever. Denounce this Idea of using coal as your short cut to power. Compassion, caring,teaching, loving and sharing your your gifts, talents and abilities are the gateways to power.

David in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 September 2010)
Please stop this self enrichment by government officials and do something to really help the people who voted you into power. God Bless South Africa.

Barbara in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Dear Ms Peters. Please let this happen. The world needs it. It will be the right thing to do.

Wolfgang in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
I have had a solar water heating system for 4 years and it works fabulously, cutting my electricity use by c. 50%!

Robin in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Let those in a position to make decisions be wise and think of the impact for future generations." For whom much is given much will asked." Make the smart choice and enjoy the peace of knowing you did the right thing!

Red in Western Cape (All Areas)

(08 September 2010)
Its the ONLY way forward: SOLAR POWER!
International people think its a joke that we live in such a sunny country and don't have solar power everwhere! time is here - make it compulsery to every new home/building that is being build!

Ts'eliso in International

(08 September 2010)
PLEASE SAVE OUR PLANET!
Wendy in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(08 September 2010)
Coal powered stations are short sighted. What happens when the coal runs out ? The Sun will be there "for-ever"

Joan in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 September 2010)
Areas near coal fired power stations are already heavily polluted. We need to get away from coal - it's dirty and inefficient. Mining is dangerous and damaging to the environment. Any environmentally friendly solution should be welcomed.

Sulona in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 September 2010)
It would be wonderful to see government leading by example - investing in solar heaters so that the obvious benefits result in private companies and individuals making energy decisions that are BOTH environmentally and financially sound.
Kevin in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Lets Stop these self indulgant parastatals and start looking after the country and environment

Sally in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Please reconsider this madness and channel funds towards renewable energy development rather than coal. How can our country possibly support developing more coal plants when the evidence is so strong that they are seriously damaging our precious environment? Bear in mind that a healthy environment is NOT a luxury for rich countries only - WE NEED IT TO SURVIVE!! The more we poison it now, the more we will suffer in the future, and the future is not very far away!

Jennifer in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Instead of building huge amounts more coal burning power capacity, South Africa can and should dramatically expand the number of domestic solar water heaters. The government has already committed to increasing the number of installed solar water heaters, and has insitituted limited subsidies to support homeowners who want to switch to or supplement with solar. Activist says, let us scale up solar water heaters urgently!
This is not just about South Africa, but about the planet altogether. Once again, we have an opportunity to lead by example. Let's not blow it this time.

fiona in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Solar water heating allows communities to take responsibility for something that affects them directly, can create jobs in the community. Makes total sense for impoverished neighbourhoods. Coal-generated power is becoming increasingly unaffordable for lower income earners. How about also promoting hot boxes, solar cookers and other devices that people can make themselves?
There should be perhaps a whole package of green technology promoted, including:solar heating/cooking, recycling,composting,veg.growing, water-wise gardening,rainwater tanks to collect water off afdaks.

Bronwyn in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Our future is in your hands. Chose wisely, please for our children's sake.


Sven in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
Let the sunshine in :)
Roy in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(08 September 2010)
It's a no brainer! Do it!!

Wikus in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 September 2010)
A lot of south africans cannot afford to go solar as it is still very expensive to set up. This project will help the majority of sa to be able to enjoy solar water heating. it will also decrease the goverment's or eskom's bill for the thousands of people who do not pay for electricity, but yet they still use it on a daily basis.

sharon in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(08 September 2010)
i would like to use only solar power in my house -not just for the geyser, but for everything. No Eskom!

Ingrid in International

(07 September 2010)
This makes sense. Let us use an available and free commodity such as the sun to produce energy for our needs and at the same time, save money and OUR PLANET

Wayne in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(07 September 2010)
We need to save power and geysers are one of the most power hungry devices in the house.

Sam in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 September 2010)
This petition has my full support. Now is the time to act and this is what the people call for. As our representatives in government, respect the science of climate change and respect the change we call for!

kate in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(07 September 2010)
Please, be guided by logic. This makes sense at every level.
Sally in Western Cape (All Areas)

(07 September 2010)
Suggest start rolling out here in the Western Cape to reduce our dangerous dependence on Koeberg. So many people here don't have ANY water heaters, instead they boil water on the stove - what a waste and financial burden.
Suggest that if good water heaters are removed they should be re-used in homes that had no heaters in the first place.
niall in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(07 September 2010)
great idea! the eThekwini Municipality is considering supplying solar water heaters to residents at interest free loans.

we need people to think for creative solutions rather than quick fixes

John in Gauteng - All Areas

(05 September 2010)
At the rate that our energy costs,levels of pollution and corruption are rising we are knowingly contributing to our children and grandchildren's demise. We have got to stop the rot in more ways than one. We need to to do our bit to combat climate change, create employment and harness clean, green energy.At this level of input this project will see the start of the most positive impact South Africa can give ikt's citizen's right now and for generations to come.

Jody in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(01 September 2010)
It is time for the public to mobilize and show profiteering corporations that their archaic ways of generating energy are no longer supported. They will always be there as long as we keep them there!
Barry in Western Cape - Knysna

(01 September 2010)
We have Sunshine at least 85 percent of the time in South Africa, Solar Heating would be the best for everybody large office blocks can also use solar hundreds of panels on the flat concrete roofs those that have other roofs can also use solar heating.
NO carbon fires or power stations, to be used you can braai equslly well with solar heating in fact it is three times faster.
Regards
Barry D.C. Carroll

Patrick in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(31 August 2010)
The advantages of solar power are many. Although solar power is an energy source that we have only recently tapped into, it may easily become the most important energy source of the future.
Christine in Western Cape (All Areas)

(31 August 2010)
Renewable energy will cut our carbon emissions and provide hundreds of thousands of sustainable jobs. It can provide base load power provided it a mix of RE technologies are utilised. RE poses no threat, no health hazards that nuclear & coal do.
Tommy in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(31 August 2010)
Solar more sustainable and way cheaper in the long run.
Tertius in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(31 August 2010)
I have been using solar water heating since 1971, locally sourced materials,locally manufactured and installed by locals.Keep to flat plate collectors as they outlast vacuum tube collectors and can be made locally.


Elma in Western Cape - Knysna

(22 August 2010)
pLease do the common sense thing and benefit earth, people and pocket... for the sake of our children!

Ray in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 August 2010)
It pays the government hansomely to use coal as they already own it. The politics of consumption without replacement continues unabaited. One wonders how much water a coal fired power station uses in a day............! (Shortened)
Charles in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(22 August 2010)
It's the better solution!
Claire in Gauteng (Pretoria)

(21 August 2010)
We have free sun power in our beautiful country - let's use it for the benefit of all South Africans.

Martli in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(19 August 2010)
Establishing the infrastructure for converting to renewable energy may be huge but the result of not doing so is
catastrophic. Sunshine is free and plentiful.PLEASE save our precious Earth
Fay in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(19 August 2010)
Clean, renewable energy secures our future in more ways than one!

Carien in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(18 August 2010)
Please consider this! Free solar water heaters would lighten the financial load for the people, free up power to be used and decrease the environmental impact!

Simon in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(18 August 2010)
I have a solar water heater - it has cut my electricity bill by 40%. This is the right thing to do!
Patrick in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(02 August 2010)
The proposal here works with two different aspects of the economy money and the environment. You win both ways - saving money and reducing carbon and other impacts. Make this simple step easy for everyone.

Caryn in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(31 July 2010)
It's such a logical decision to choose renewable energy. Why would the government choose otherwise, unless it's for alterior motives.
Robert in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(30 July 2010)
Universal access to hot water is not hot air!

It improves livelihood through improved hygiene and reduced indoor air pollution for low income households. The money saved for fuel or electricity can be put to better use then heating water!

Robert F
Project 90 by 2030

Carlos in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(27 July 2010)
Please think about your grandchildren

Devin in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

(27 July 2010)
South Africa has proved itself to be so progressive in so many ways. Yet the decison to use coal power is so non-sensical. Please, South Africa and it's leaders - let us rise to the occasion, see that Solar power makes so much more sense, and let us continue to blaze a progressive path in the world.
Michael in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(27 July 2010)
Let South Africa be the leader in clean renewable energy. Lets not follow the rest of the world on a path of destruction. We have been the world leaders in reconciliation and rebuilding a nation, now lets lead the world in creating greener sustainable future.

Caroline in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(27 July 2010)
I support this absolutely and fully. I am also thinking that this would be better than starting to consider new nuclear plants.
Matthew in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(26 July 2010)
We would love to install solar geysers and any other sort of solar devices in our new home. Keep up the good work!

Paul in Gauteng (Johannesburg)

(26 July 2010)
Solar panels should be compulsory on every new house, as is the case in Greece and Israel. Much cheaper in the long run!

Shereen in Western Cape - Overberg

(26 July 2010)
Fully support solar power
bridget in KwaZulu-Natal - All Areas

(26 July 2010)
why is our Govt so short-sighted!!??
South Africa is one of the world's biggest coal burning economies. Relative to our size, we contribute far more than most developing countries to climate change. But South Africa is, as we know, also one of the world's sunniest countries and we still have a great many households not on the national electrical grid – and a great many people who are unemployed.

Taken together, all these factors make for an incredible opportunity. Instead of building more coal burning power capacity, we believe South Africa can and should dramatically expand the number of installed domestic solar water heaters.

Ryan in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(26 July 2010)
its a no brainer

Leon in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(20 July 2010)
As long as the work stay's local and also if we can source locally!.......Unemployment directly equals crime as in purchasing from China or BRIC (Brazil,Russia,India,China)
Geoff in Western Cape - Knysna

(15 July 2010)
I have a solar heater and can confirm that it makes a huge saving in electricity in spite of being in an area which must be amongst the worst in country for capturing sunlight because of weather.

PAUL in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(14 July 2010)
I wholly support the compelling argument that you have presented regarding less pollution and more jobs, plus a decrease in energy costs, particularly for the most vulnerable memebers of our society.

Jeanne Dee in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 July 2010)
Please, do it for our children!

Candice in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(12 July 2010)
Cleaner Energy Now!
Andrew in Western Cape (Cape Town)

(09 July 2010)
We need to commit ourselves more to greener energy.