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President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the South African delegation for their "outstanding achievement" at the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban, describing the outcome of the talks as "a coup for Africa".
COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, herself lauded for steering the UN climate summit to a historic conclusion, has congratulated all the countries at the Durban conference for "rising to the occasion when it was most required".
Over 8 500 solar geysers were installed across South Africa during the two-week UN climate summit (COP 17), surpassing the initial target of 8 000, thanks to pledges made by individuals and companies.
As the pressure mounted at the UN climate summit in Durban on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned that the world was in danger, and that countries needed to take decisive steps towards signing a new deal on cutting carbon emissions.
Durban's International Convention Centre, venue for the UN climate summit kicking off on Monday, has a strong environmental vision and policy and already boasts a number of "green" features.
Over 270 local and foreign companies have shown an interest in supplying renewable energy to South Africa's grid, with the Department of Energy due to announce the preferred bidders at the UN climate summit starting in Durban on 28 November.