Archive: Economy


Explainer Green landscape with wind turbines in the distance. Sunlight breaking through the clouds.

Climate finance can empower South Africa to build a greener, healthier future where it costs less to keep the lights on.

News & Analysis Close-up of petrol pumps dispending Shell fuel. A white person's right arm in a purple sleeve is holding the pump on the left.

South Africans have welcomed another month of much-needed relief at the petrol pump.
But, the diesel price per litre is reversing the trend and has become more expensive. Why?

News & Analysis Looking up an glass wrapped modern office building

Time is running out for owners of large buildings to get official energy ratings.

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“There are no jobs on a dead planet!” goes the old slogan. Environmental degradation is a serious risk to economic growth.

Explainer Electricity pylons against landscape

Coal’s dominance in South Africa’s electricity mix – totalling 90 per cent of electricity generation – means the rising price of coal is making bills more expensive.

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 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 Yellow digger mining coal in large open cast coal mine

South Africa is a coal-dependent country. Coal makes up 74 per cent of the country’s total electricity supply. In the first quarter of 2021, 81.8 per cent of South Africa’s electricity came from coal.