Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
6 minute read
3 Nov 2021
6:56 pm

SA’s energy challenges due to poor leadership, not technology

Ina Opperman

Renewable energy could help the country with its power issues, but leadership seems to be the problem.

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South Africa and the rest of Africa are facing serious challenges in the renewable energy sector and leadership is the reason, not technology. Africa has 600 million people without access to energy, while sitting on over a terawatt of renewable energy. This must change, but leadership is needed to take charge of the situation. “South Africa has huge political problems when it comes to the energy sector. In my view, politicians have inertia and do not want to make decisions. There is communication misalignment, where you get a public utility on the one hand with massive, massive problems and on...