Today, the South African economy is two-thirds larger than it was in 1994, when Nelson Mandela took office as the country’s first democratically elected president. With this growth has come strong new demand for electricity. Millions of previously marginalized South Africans are now on the grid. Unfortunately, as in other major emerging economies, supply has not kept pace.
Reserve margins are increasingly tight — too tight for an energy-intensive economy such as South Africa’s, whose mines and factories rely on steady supplies of competitively priced power. South Africa has weathered the global downturn better than many richer countries, but the majority of our people remain poor and unemployment stands at an unacceptable 24 percent.… Seguir leyendo »