South Africa is facing an energy crisis that is killing the economy and forcing the country to renege on some of its promises and undertakings to reach its net zero emissions target by 2050. One of the major stumbling blocks is the internal power struggles within the ruling party, which seems to disagree on the country's Integrated Resource Plan, thus delaying the implementation of renewable energy projects.
This report was compiled by Suzanne Paxton, Lizette Labuschagne, Jabu oaAfrika and Danny Booysen.
This story was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first published in SABC News on 13 August 2023. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Banner Image: Many renewable energy projects in South Africa are being delayed due to internal political disagreements / Credit: Suzanne Paxton.