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South Africa

Power cuts have hit South Africa’s labour market hard: the biggest toll has been on jobs – new research

      By Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town and Timothy Köhler     Access to electricity – measured by the share of individuals who use electricity as their main energy source – has significantly improved in lower-income countries in recent decades. Thanks to large-scale rural electrification and infrastructure development programmes, 90% of the population in these countries had access by 2021, up from about 74% at the turn […]

todayMay 30, 2024 16

South Africa

South Africa’s plan to move away from coal: 8 steps to make it succeed

      By Ricardo Amansure, Stellenbosch University   The South African government’s Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan was launched in November 2023. It is a roadmap guiding the country away from reliance on coal-fired power towards renewable energy alternatives by 2027. It aims to include all communities and workers who will be affected by the energy transition. The plan says everyone should have access to electricity through a mix […]

todayMay 10, 2024 14

Business / Economics

Aspirations and reality of Namibia’s Green Hydrogen dream – Dr. Hage Geingob

      By Josef Kefas Sheehama   His Excellency Dr. Geingob's vision has been realized as Namibia has made major strides to establish itself as a major player in the world of green hydrogen production. The transformation of Namibia's economy and the realization of green hydrogen in the country were spearheaded by Dr. Geingob. Drawing on the proverb that states “Rome was not built in a day”. This serves […]

todayMay 8, 2024 21


Electricity from farm waste: how biogas could help Malawians with no power

      By Ehiaze Ehimen, Atlantic Technological University and Thomas Robin, Atlantic Technological University   In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people (more than 50% of the population) are without access to electricity. Malawi has one of the world’s lowest electricity access rates – just 14.1% of the total population have access to the main grid. In rural areas, the electrification access rate is even lower, estimated at 5.6% […]

todayMay 2, 2024 17

Business / Economics

German and Namibian delegates discuss second hydrogen plant with President Nangolo Mbumba

Special Envoy for German-Namibian climate and energy relations, Rainer Baake, and Presidential Advisor and Hydrogen Commissioner, James Mnyupe, have visited President Nangolo Mbumba at State House this morning to discuss the possibility of establishing another hydrogen plant in Opuwo following a HyIron tour. Here’s Baake.   James Mnyupe says that the government has identified the area's potential for hydroelectric facilities.

todayApril 24, 2024 7

South Africa

South Africa’s electricity crisis: a series of failures over 30 years have left a dim legacy

      By Mark Swilling, Stellenbosch University   In 1994, apartheid ended and the African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s first ever democratic elections, promising “Electricity for All” as part of its Reconstruction and Development Programme. Back then only 36% of all South Africans had electricity in their homes. The development programme promised to double that number by electrifying an additional 2.5 million homes by 2000. This seemed […]

todayApril 19, 2024 13


El Niño drought leaves Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba only 13% full: a disaster for people and wildlife

    By Joshua Matanzima, The University of Queensland   Water levels at Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe have dropped dramatically because of the latest El Niño drought. The country’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has declared a national disaster. Historian and social scientist Joshua Matanzima grew up at Lake Kariba and has spent the past 10 years researching socioeconomic life there. He discusses the impact of the latest drought on the people of […]

todayApril 15, 2024 20


Why is Ghana so hot this year? An expert explains

    By Yaw Agyeman Boafo, University of Ghana   Ghana’s meteorological agency and the state’s health service have issued warnings about a period of very high temperatures expected in the first half of 2024 around the country. Ghana’s experience is part of a global phenomenon: record temperatures were recorded in 2023. Yaw Agyeman Boafo, the programmes coordinator and a senior research fellow at the University of Ghana’s Centre for […]

todayApril 8, 2024 21


Wind energy to help clean South Africa’s dirty carbon “hotspot”.

    By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   Private wind energy projects for commercial and industrial purposes are ramping up the uptake of wind energy in South Africa while complementing clean energy's solar dominance to provide power for industries. Construction recently commenced on three wind sites to power Sasol’s Secunda industrial complex in Mpumalanga. The project is led by a consortium that includes Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green […]

todayApril 2, 2024 15