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February 25, 2020

A look across the globe shows that the last embers of the coal industry are about to burn out. There will be the odd hold-out (President Donald Trump rode to power promising to ‘revive’ the dying American coal-mining industry), but in the main, coal is dead. While many believe it’s due to a greater global push against climate change, in a number of countries it’s simple economics – renewable energy has become cheaper than coal.

An in-depth report says a just energy transition that will have a positive impact on South Africa’s structural unemployment and entrenched inequality is doable. We need...

February 24, 2020

A new study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reveals that self-employment, and micro and small enterprises play a far more significant role in job creation than previously believed. Data gathered in 99 countries, including South Africa, shows that these businesses – described as small economic units – account for 70% of total employment, which makes them the most important drivers of employment.


The Small Matters: Global Evidence on the Contribution to Employment by the Self...

January 27, 2020

Getting to grips with South Africa’s energy sector is no easy task. It’s a moving target, with many often-competing interests that need to be delicately balanced. The government has committed to speeding up the pace towards renewable energy, in line with its international commitments and the requirements of a changing economic structure.

A key feature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is the shift from fossil fuels to smarter, cleaner renewable energy. In South Africa that shift is hindered by the weaknesses of state-owned utility Eskom. Now a new report suggests there may be a way (or severa...

November 15, 2019

The race is on to get South Africa ready for 5G and ensure that more citizens have access to broadband. This week saw Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams signing an important Industry Stakeholder Principles of Excellence agreement with industry CEOs which aims to level out the playing field.

Communications Minister says government policy is in place and it is time for the private sector to help ensure the digital economy benefits all

The agreement comes ahead of an Information Memorandum which will be published by the Independent Communications Authority of...

October 4, 2019

The impact of climate change on our everyday lives and how the world can move to a carbon neutral economy takes centre stage this week.

Can South Africa truly commit to lowering carbon emissions and fighting unemployment at UN summit without the right data?

World leaders are meeting at the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit which is being punted as the defining political event for climate for 2019. A number of concrete commitments are expected from countries, companies and civil society to combat climate change. South Africa is one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world a...

September 25, 2019

A number of policy recommendations such as moratoriums on new coal plants have been suggested to G20 countries, including South Africa, to ensure that they reach targets on lowering carbon emissions.

Moratorium on the new coal mines, electrified public transport and stricter building laws recommended to help South Africa move from dirty economy  

The “ambition calls” from global partnership, Climate Transparency, are in line with United Nations Secretary-(UN) General Antonio Guterres that the Climate Action Summit translates into key deliverables that will see the globe moving towards carbon neu...

September 11, 2019

Despite a strong push by the government and some industry players for South Africa to start embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), excitement in the labour and corporate sector has been subdued.


Many unions believe that automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to large-scale unemployment. And a study released by technology research organisation World Wide Worx, in collaboration with enterprise resource planner SYSPRO, indicates that South African enterprises are not enthusiastic about the digital revolution because...

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