South Africa (Partner country)
The Republic of South Africa is a key Partner country of the IEA and a candidate for Association. The IEA and the Department of Energy (DoE) of South Africa have been building upon a long relationship of close collaboration based on common concerns, such as ensuring a secure energy supply, building a cleaner energy mix and improving energy data-sharing. To reinforce this process, the IEA and the Government of the Republic of South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2011 and in this framework agreed to regularly establish Work Plans identifying projects and orientations for co-operation. A first joint Programme of Work was signed on the occasion of the IEA Ministerial in October 2011, followed by a second one in October 2013 and a third one in November 2015 for the period 2016-2017.
The IEA and South Africa are undertaking a wide range of mutually beneficial co-operation projects and are working together in the field of data sharing and capacity building as well as energy efficiency, renewables deployment and grid integration, and energy technologies – South Africa is also a member of several IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes. This co-operation involves several stakeholders in South Africa, including the Department of Energy, the Department of Science and Technology, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the national power company Eskom.
The IEA is also strengthening its regional engagement, given the growing regional energy interdependencies, and has been involving several countries of Southern Africa in energy training and capacity building activities as well as in data sharing.