Mayor vs Minister

For two years Mayor Patricia de Lille has been trying to do what she is lawfully obliged to do – provide the cheapest, cleanest electricity to Cape Town residents. She’s approached two Ministers and Nersa but none will give her permission to buy electricity directly from independent power producers, thereby cutting out Eskom. In desperation the Mayor has now gone to court and the City says it will go all the way to the Constitutional Court if it has to. Could this be a game changer if the City wins its case?
 
Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: John Webb
 

South Africa to increase green energy capacity

South Africa's national power utility recently announced stage two loads shedding which resulted in rolling blackouts across all of the country's major metros this past week. South Africa's government has sited renewable energy as key to combating the energy shortage in partnership with the private sector under the independent power producers programme. Currently less than one percent of South Africa's power is derived from renewables but going forward the government plans to significantly increase the country's green energy capacity. CNBC Africa's Thomas Maree reports.

Blooming renewables in South Africa

This is  a short video with the author, Dr Agathe Maupin, on the 20th annual Conference of Parties of the Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP20), in Lima, Peru.

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