For now, only those who can afford it will be able to escape the power cuts.
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Renewable energy sources won't make a decisive impact to alleviate South Africa's power shortage for at least five years.
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The agency will ensure that large water users such as municipalities, public utilities and large companies continue to fund the construction and operation of the large water systems they depend on.
Failure by local government to provide basic services has led to protests around South Africa. Now, some residents are resorting to self-help.
South Africa needs a way to incorporate active citizens within the prevailing constitutional and legal structures, so as to strengthen all levels of government.
Using LED lights in schools can drastically reduce the rate of electricity usage and costs.
Replacing fluorescent lights with efficient LED alternatives is the single best way to cut schools' electricity costs.
Electricity customers should brace themselves for steeper increases.
The longer government dithers over how Eskom's debt will be paid, the bigger the problem becomes. Whatever the decision, electricity customers and taxpayers will feel the pinch.
It’s more expensive to refuel a petrol vehicle than it is to charge an electric vehicle.
South Africa's well positioned to adopt electric vehicles but this isn't a solution in itself because the vehicles would still depend on electricity generated from carbon-emitting coal power stations.
South Africa can’t afford new nuclear infrastructure with state funds in these times of budget shortfalls and ballooning debt.
South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity reflects a global trend away from nuclear energy. But the government's actions suggest otherwise.
South Africa envisages the gradual closure of older coal plants, mostly located in Mpumalanga. Can these coal fields be turned into renewable energy hubs?
The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply.
When South Africa finally emerges from COVID-19 inadequate electricity supply will be once again rear its head.
African National Congress top six leaders. The governing party’s wishes are sometimes out of kilter with the dictates of statecraft.
South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.
By centrally controlling when household water heaters (geysers) can be switched on and off, South Africa can ease up electricity demand during peak consumption times.
Centrally switching water heaters on and off at specific times can distribute the demand for electricity and lead to energy saving.
Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances.
The deluge of opinions and proposed solutions to South Africa's energy crisis reflects corporate and political interests.
Untapped energy sources: hydro-power potential is concentrated along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe's energy policy needs to be reconsidered if the country's electricity shortage is to be resolved.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech failed to inspire confidence.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
Sasol is in an advantageous position. Will it make the right moves?
There is a golden opportunity for South Africa to transition from being a key contributor to global warming to becoming a key contributor to global emissions reductions.
A main street of a poor neighbourhood in Cape Town during recent power cuts.
It's not clear whether South Africa's president can coordinate his ministers in a way that provides clarity about dealing with the country's energy crisis.
South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, delivering his mid-term budget.
A major concern is that the government’s resolve is strongest on policies that are actually quite suspect.
Unpacking what South Africa's new energy plan says about nuclear energy.
South Africa’s energy regulator failed to assure a stable pricing path for electricity and is partly to blame for energy provider Eskom’s troubles.
South Africa's independent regulators have failed. Instead of introducing new ones, alternatives need to be found.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma recanted his decision to walk out of the Zondo Commission.
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The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.