Will green energy provide salvation for South Africa’s stuttering economy?

Energy ministers from 40 countries dialled into the International Energy Agency’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit in early July 2020. These countries account for 80% of the world’s energy demand.

Among the politicians joining via video call was Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. In his speech he confirmed South Africa’s commitment to the carbon emissions targets set out in the Paris Agreement but emphasised the need for a “just transition”.

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