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South Africa’s crippling electricity problem

 

South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently stated that his government will facilitate the generation of power by private firms, and even households, to relieve pressure on the national grid during ongoing and periodic electricity shutdowns and blackouts. This announcement further highlights the crippling effect that poor electricity reliability is having on South Africa’s economic growth. EEG programme director Simon Trace explains more about the causes of unreliable electricity, and the consequences.

By Simon Trace