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Ramaphosa calls for South Africans to recognise that climate change affects them too

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President Ramaphosa has stressed the need for South Africa to consider the effects of climate change on the country, and to commit to contributing to fighting climate change.

The Presidency issued its weekly newsletter on Tuesday, 2 November 2021, in which President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that with South Africans having taken to the polls to elect local government representatives, delegates from across the world are gathering for the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference. Ramaphosa pointed out that although discussions happening on the other side of the world seem far removed from issues of importance to voters in local elections, agreements reached at the global climate summit will affect all people.

According to him, issues related to electricity, water, jobs and housing, amongst others, featured predominantly in the elections. He also stressed that extreme weather conditions related to climate change are affecting the health, lives and livelihoods of people in every country, including South Africa, and that as a country, making our fair contribution is necessary too.

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