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South Africa: could gas pave the way towards greener sources of energy?

In South Africa, the process of mining coal for power generation or for export is increasingly becoming difficult, because the ability to source finances in a carbon conscious market is limited. The country wants to reduce its dependence on coal

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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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Opportunity and crisis in South Africa’s electricity

In April I wrote a blog in Le Monde Diplomatique about South Africa’s on-going electricity crisis. This crisis has resulted in regular load-shedding across the country since late last year as the country’s cash strapped utility Eskom faces a $17

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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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South Africa’s electricity crisis and the future of supply

During his ‘State of the Nation address’ last week South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma promised to do “everything we can” to resolve the country’s energy challenge, including: to develop a large nuclear fleet; construct yet more coal-fired power plants; import

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