Building coal-fired power stations would not affect this, as cutting emissions did not happen in an instant, but required space and time, she told reporters in Pretoria.
Molewa and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane were briefing journalists about the upcoming climate change conference in Durban.
Nkoana-Mashabane said the country was ready to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of Parties in Durban from November 28 to December 9.
“South Africa is very much on schedule, if not ahead. We are hoping for a balanced outcome, one that is fair, equitable and inclusive,” she said of preparations for the conference.