Bridging gaps in the Integrated Resource Plan

Following the release of the drafted Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP), the government’s blueprint for the...

The Janus-faced nature of political campaigns

In the wild, the watering hole attracts both predator and prey. Prey come to quench their thirst, and predators...

Implications of high turnover of parliamentarians in Ghana’s government

Ghana’s democracy, hailed as a beacon for Africa, boasts eight successful multi-party elections since its return...

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South Africa’s worsening water security crisis

South Africa’s worsening water security crisis

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September. He rightly said that many developing nations are unlikely to meet sustainable development goals. To address development challenges, he said, we “require targeted investment,...

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Combatting fake news and disinformation is a civil duty

Combatting fake news and disinformation is a civil duty

As electioneering ramps up ahead of the national election later this year, we can expect a marked increase in the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news, aided by evolving artificial intelligence (AI) tools that make the discernment between...

Turning the tide: COP28’s pivotal role in safer oceans

Turning the tide: COP28’s pivotal role in safer oceans

This weekend, on the 9th of December, delegates convened at the “Powering Ocean Breakthroughs with 100% Sustainable Ocean Management” event at the 28th UN Conference of Parties (CoP28) in Dubai, to decide on “path-defining” nature-climate investment plans and...

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COP26: What should be at the top of Africa’s agenda?

In November, the United Kingdom will host the 26th annual United Nations (UN) global climate summit – called COP – or “Conference of the Parties” in Glasgow. COP26 (delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic) has a unique urgency and could prove to be one of the most important conferences of our time. Most experts agree that the…

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The hidden (and not so hidden) injustice of coal

The hidden (and not so hidden) injustice of coal

A new class action lawsuit being brought against Exarro puts the role of coal in our society firmly in the spotlight. Depending on how one measures it at any given time, South Africa depends on coal for over 80 percent (or 42GW) of its electricity needs. The national...

Anticipating COP28 and its implications

Anticipating COP28 and its implications

The United Nations COP27, which concluded in November 2022, left behind mixed outcomes. Although there were some advancements, such as establishing a loss and damage fund, the overall progress fell short of the urgent action required to address the climate crisis as...

SA private sector boosts renewables

SA private sector boosts renewables

Another Energy Action Plan progress update was delivered by South African Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, this month (Nov 2023). It has been reported that policy and technical milestones have been achieved, particularly regarding financing to expand...

Thinking leftfield to solve democracy dissatisfaction

Thinking leftfield to solve democracy dissatisfaction

Youth unemployment is a significant global concern. It is especially concerning across African economies, given relatively high fertility rates and declining employment prospects. According to the United Nations, Africa will be home to four billion people by 2100. The...

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