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South Africa’s cities opt for clean energy

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions will hinge on the transport sector

How designing ‘green’ buildings can help to combat the climate crisis

South Africa’s buildings account for 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. But the City of Johannesburg’s new draft green buildings policy aims to change that

Eskom’s emissions are not compatible with the South African constitution

The government must not cave to Eskom’s demand that it be exempt from air pollution rules. Furthermore, the power utility needs to stay true to the principles of its own just transition strategy

Gas: South Africa’s next ‘battleground’

As government pushes for a huge increase in electricity generation from gas, serious questions are being raised about the logic behind the move

How to build a women-powered, green-energy transition

As the globe moves towards greener energy practices, more women must be included in this new growth sector, for the benefit of all

ANC wants pension funds to finance infrastructure build

The party released its plan for the reconstruction of the country’s post-coronavirus economy on Friday. This would involve changes to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act

An emergency budget needs bold decisions, including a bigger public sector

Choosing this path would create work for many while also building the infrastructure that the country needs

Renewables not a silver bullet for inequality

COMMENT We talk as if building wind, solar and other sources of limitless, clean energy will redistribute wealth and drive social justice globally. We see...

Financing the green transition

The financial sector will need to play a leading role in scaling up green initiatives, de-risking projects for investors, and optimising funding costs

Necsa chairperson bows out

Rob Adam, the chairperson of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, handed in his resignation last week

Unions calls for the disbanding of PetroSA board

Three different unions have made the demand, citing maladministration and irregular appointments as PetroSA reels from staggering losses

Mass movement: scientists adopt new kilogram definition

Instead of relating to the mass of a singular physical object, the kilogram will now be defined in terms of the Planck constant

Renewables aren’t causing job losses in coal sector — Radebe

​Coal is still very much part of South Africa's energy mix, given the abundance of the mineral, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has said

How sub-Saharan Africa can harness its big electricity opportunities

The region needs to overcome constraints on financing and infrastructure before it can take advantage of its potential

Why South Africa’s power utility should boost its output of in-house renewables

South Africa's power utility would do well to consider swapping out expensive new coal-powered capability for renewables

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