Author: Staff Writer


Explainer Blue and white infographic showing how hydrogen (H2) can power transportation and buildings

South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy 2050 is the country’s most recent emissions reductions plan.

Explainer Photo of a gas turbine power plant

South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is the country’s long-term energy plan until 2030. It became official government policy in October 2019.

Explainer Deep coal mine in Far Eastern Federal District, Russia.

The resource curse is a phenomenon that occurs when a country has an abundance of natural resources but cannot grow its economy.

Explainer Solar panels power a building in Cape Town, South Africa.

With the roll out of solar panels globally, solar energy is increasing in popularity as an alternative, renewable source of energy. In South Africa, this is no different.

Explainer Rooftop solar panels on flat roof in urban area

South Africa suffers from crippling power outages, locally known as load shedding. In the first three months of 2021, load shedding occurred for 650 hours.

Explainer Ariel view of large scale solar power plant

The Independent Power Producers (IPP) procurement programme is part of the South African government’s answer to its energy generation shortage.

Explainer A wind farm in Caledon, Western Cape.

Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity provider, is under severe strain. In July 2021, Eskom’s debt stood at about R400 billion.

Explainer The tallest building in Africa, The Leonardo. Based in Sandton, South Africa

A carbon footprint is the number of greenhouse gases emitted through a person, business or even a country’s activities. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide and methane.

Explainer Power station emitting clouds of smoke and pollutants into the air

Carbon dioxide is a chemical compound that presents as a gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. It consists of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms.

Explainer The Many Uses of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is natural gas that has been compressed to less than one per cent of its volume. The gas is compressed when it is stored at very high pressures.

Explainer Landscape of low clouds on mountaintops in the Karoo region

There is no fracking in South Africa at the moment. This is due to a court ruling overturning the government’s fracking regulations brought by activists.

Explainer Close up of a liquefied natural gas carrier on water

Currently, South Africa is neither a large exporter nor importer of LNG. However, there are now plans in the country to develop this fossil fuel industry.

Explainer A Sasol petrol station

In August 2021, the South African government announced a steep rise in the price of petrol – an increase of 91 cents per litre. This will place pressure on consumers, said a representative from the country’s Automobile Association.