Just Transition Webinar 2: Water and Energy Crisis in South Africa

What roles do regional geopolitics play in South Africa’s water and energy security?

The National Development Plan envisages that by 2030, South Africa will be water and energy secure where these services reach citizens in an equitable and environmentally sustainable way. South Africa is amidst a water and energy crisis that has slowly been developing over the past decade and the country is implementing water and energy rationing. Parliamentary Research Unit will host a webinar to explore the potential of the regional water and energy bilateral projects in Southern Africa to provide a solution to the crisis. The role of Parliament will also be explored during this webinar.

Some of the vexed questions that will be explored during the webinar are?

  • Is this the end of a just and equitable transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable economy and society?
  • Is there a solution in the water and energy nexus?
  • Does Geopolitics impact water and energy?
  • What is the role of Parliament in the mitigation of the water and energy crisis?


Mr Thomani Manungufala

Thomani is an environmental scientist specialising in natural resources management and governance. He is researcher, published author and a thought leader in sustainable development, among many other issues. Currently pursuing PhD in Geography at Stellenbosch University in South Africa investigating traditional leadership and water resources governance. His current research interests include equitable, just and sustainable water & energy future in the global south.

Ms Jeanie le Roux

Jeanie le Roux holds a Masters’ degree in Environmental Management and has over 10 years’ experience in the environmental NGO sector. She has supported parliamentary committees in the NCOP as the researcher responsible for human settlements, water and sanitation for the past 6 years, and currently supports the Select Committee on Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.

Dr Gabriel Lekalakala

Gabriel Lekalakala holds a PhD from the University of Goettingen and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Alumni. He is current a Specialist Scientist responsible for Climate Change Analysis at the Department of Water and Sanitation, and the Chairperson of the Adaptation Network Steering Committee. He worked in Parliament of the Republic of South Africa as a Committee Researcher for the Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy; Lead Scientist for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation at the South African Weather Services and before that Precision Agriculture Research at the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Details of the webinar

Date: Friday, 5 August 2022
Time: 10h00 – 11h00

Register here  https://bit.ly/3zEe1eI



Presenter/Person responsible



Ms C. April


Introduction of presenters and house rules

Mr Nhlanhla Ginindza


Official Opening and Welcome

Ms Ester Saptoe (Knowledge and Information Services Division)


Main presentation: Water & Energy crisis in South Africa - Could the Lesotho mountains provide a solution?

Mr Thomani Manungufala


Response 1: What is the role of Parliament in mitigating the Water crisis?

Ms Jeanie le Roux


Response 2: What is the role of Parliament in mitigating the Energy crisis?

Dr Gabriel Lekalakala


Questions and answers from the audience

All and Speakers


Wrap up and closing remarks

Mr Nhlanhla Ginindza