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Most ‘taxes’ in South Africa fall outside of the control and oversight of parliament. Reuters/Schalk van Zuydam

How South Africans fork out billions in ‘taxes’ collected by stealth

South Africans spend billions of rands paying for services that should be provided by government, thus making the tax burden considerably higher than what appears in official tax data.
Electricity pylons from Cape Town’s Koeberg nuclear power plant. State-owned companies help to provide infrastructure for economic development. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The secret to successful state-owned enterprises is how they’re run

State-owned companies are not generally needed to provide goods. Rather, they are needed to provide the foundation for a well-functioning economy and a healthy, well-informed populace.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
A solar water heating unit on the roof of a home in Kuyasa outside Cape Town. South Africa has a long way to go to get people off the grid and onto solar heating. Epa/Nic Bothma

Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home

Africa is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.Given the heavy demand for energy, alternatives, such as solar, could provide solutions and help stimulate economic growth.
The Supreme Court will decide a case that will have a big effect on distributed energy technology, including batteries. Tesla

Will the Supreme Court kill the smart grid?

The Supreme Court hears a case that will decide whether homes and businesses can earn money from distributed energy technologies, including demand response and home battery systems.
Solar hot water may be green, but sometimes it can leave you out in the cold. Cold shower image from www.shutterstock.com

Solar hot water giving you cold showers? Eight tips to warm you up

Solar hot water is an excellent way to heat up without adding to your electricity bill. Unfortunately, it seems Australians are not getting the most from their solar hot water systems.

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