Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Statements RSS ← Back
Africa|Cutting|Energy|Environment|Financial|Gas|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy
Africa|Cutting|Energy|Environment|Financial|Gas|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Sponsored by


Article Enquiry

President Ramaphosa speech continues to give China a free ride on climate change


Embed Video

President Ramaphosa speech continues to give China a free ride on climate change

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

24th November 2022


Font size: -+

/ MEDIA STATEMENT / The content on this page is not written by, but is supplied by third parties. This content does not constitute news reporting by

In a recent speech to leaders of the United Kingdom, President Cyril Ramaphosa lectured the country, and the developed world at large, about their expected contribution to assist South Africa and the developing world to combat the effects of climate change, all the while ignoring the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions - China.

China continues to pollute at a gargantuan scale, releasing 28% of global emissions, yet is exempt from any critique or consequence from Ramaphosa and his government.


South Africa’s position has been to agree with China that they should be seen as a developing country, and therefore should not be bound to provide financial assistance to developing countries suffering the consequences of China’s immensely pollutive economy.

It appears that in the eyes of the ANC government, China can do no wrong when it comes to global emissions and should be treated with kid gloves. This is no doubt due to the ideological alliances between the Chinese Communist Party and the ANC which seek to place blame on the West and the developed world entirely.


The President’s calls for reparations from the United Kingdom cannot be taken seriously if he fails to call for the same from China. Failure to do so is beyond hypocritical – it is dishonest.

President Ramaphosa should be focusing on fixing South Africa’s domestic energy challenges and cutting red tape to allow for greater access to the renewable energy market. Instead, he is riding around in a golden carriage and sipping tea with the King while South Africans are left to toil in the worst year of blackouts on record.

What is good for the goose is good for the gander, and if the West is to provide financial assistance to the developing world to combat the effects of climate change, so too should countries like China whose carbon footprint is often the largest on the planet.

President Ramaphosa should stop misleading the international community at South Africa’s expense while the ANC and China remain chums – our country, and the global climate, deserve better.


Issued by Dave Bryant MP - DA Shadow Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries


To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines


About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now