The president’s speech couldn’t cover up for the fact that the last five years have been among the most difficult for ordinary South Africans.
A growing number of people are opting to generate their own renewable energy and escape load shedding.
Some work is already being done to enhance the tourism sector’s environmental sustainability.
‘Water-shifting’ should not be a permanent measure. It does not address the cause of the current crisis.
Any remedies to the South African power crisis initiated now – or under development – are not going to have a significant impact this year.
South Africa could end power blackouts if it implemented a plan to balance renewable energy capacity, time-of-use tariffs and ended the power utility’s monopoly.
The book shows how parts of South Africa now fester with organised crime.
Climate systems which drive anomalously cold weather will still cause cold extreme events into the 21st century.
A third of South Africa’s farming income depends on irrigation. Disruptions in power supply put huge chunks of the country’s agricultural fortunes at risk.
The era of stocking pantries and keeping our fridges and freezers full is over.
A threshold has been crossed, with a pessimistic outlook becoming more dominant than an optimistic one.
Neil Agget’s passionate trade unionism proved fateful. It made him a target of a brutally repressive apartheid police state.
South Africa’s courts are likely to set a high bar in cases brought against the government’s most recent state of disaster declaration.
Very little attention has been paid to the justice implications of electricity distribution.
Deciding on the best system isn’t a simple matter. There’s a bewildering array of jargon to sift through and many elements to consider.
Security companies suggest that criminals take advantage of the fact that many home and business security systems get compromised during power outages.
When it comes to dependency on coal power plants, South Africa is in a class of its own: 85% of its electricity is produced in coal power plants.
International experience suggests South Africa can benefit by focusing on a simple restructuring of its power utility, allowing well-run state-owned entities to flourish.
The hybrid nature of threats to South Africa’s energy infrastructure can only be solved by an integrated solution, including severe sanctions that should include fines and imprisonment.
Five essential reads on why South Africa is failing to keep the lights on.