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Why South Africa is finding it difficult to wean itself off coal

Dr Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker, University of Sussex and Jesse Burton, University of Cape Town South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity.

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Understanding China’s involvement in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Sector

China is Africa’s largest trading partner, providing demand for the continent’s energy and minerals, and its direct investments in the continent are also on the rise. When Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the African Union in 2014, he announced that

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South Africa’s shale gas potential

Blanche Ting

South Africa is currently undergoing various changes to its energy supply, from introducing renewable energy, a potential nuclear build, two new coal plants, and the possibilities of shale gas exploration.  As the country is a net importer of gas from

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The new Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa ignores key elements of innovation research

In his recent blog post David Ockwell, Deputy Director of the STEPS Centre, shared his concerns that the new Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 does not consider concerns raised by years of innovation research that were recently

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