In the absence of a credible opposition party to challenge the ANC, perhaps the IMF is best placed to help the party, writes Ayabulela Dlakavu.
The area around coal-fired plants owned by South Africa's state power utility Eskom ranks as the world's second-largest hotspot of sulphur dioxide emissions, according to Greenpeace.
Energy experts say the axing of the head of the Independent Power Producer’s office Karen Breytenbach will be a major setback to South Africa’s renewable energy programme that will send the wrong signals to potential investors.
Spoiler: it sank, writes Marelise van der Merwe.
Decommissioning coal-fired power plants is among the recommendations from non-governmental environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa to Eskom to help turnaround the debt-ridden power utlity.
Environmental NGOs have launched litigation demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld area, home to 12 coal-fired Eskom power plants.
The negative impacts of climate change increase as the temperature increase – and the poor suffer the most, say Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard.
At the same time, he added, the fact that SA has an abundance of coal reserves cannot be ignored, especially since the price of coal remains relatively low.
South Africa’s banks should be forced to invest in new coal mines in the country, the ANC’s head of economic transformation has said.
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has handed over a 50% shareholding in Arnot mine to retrenched employees, some three years after the mine was closed following Tegeta's successful bid to supply Eskom with coal.
Greenpeace believes there should be no further investment in coal-fired power stations and that it 'makes no sense' for Eskom to complete the Kusile Power Station project.
No mining will take place in Mabola Protected Environment for now.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told Parliament that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy was still on course to conclude the Integrated Resource Plan by September.
Environmental activists acknowledge that their court action is a "baptism of fire" for the new minister, who is just two weeks into her job.
New research revealed in court papers shows that we can no longer ignore the impact of burning coal on air pollution deaths in the Highveld.
Experts say the carbon tax introduced this week is so low it will have almost no effect in curbing South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing at a rate faster than the world average.
BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, sees the outlook for thermal coal as challenged and won’t add production as it prioritises growth in commodities tied to the shift to renewable energy and electric transport.
The state’s environmental regulator says that it has finalised regulations requiring all power generators to meet new carbon-dioxide emissions limits
A global surge in energy demand drove carbon emissions up by 1.7% last year to an historic high of 33.1 Gigatons, according to the International Energy Agency.
South African environmental groups have challenged the government’s decision to grant permission for a water project which aims to supply developments for its future coal reserves.
JSE-listed mining group Wescoal says that 274 contract employees at one of its subsidiaries have been served with notices of dismissal following what it described as "work stoppages, strike actions and riots".
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