South Africa’s energy landscape is defined by increasing demand and limited capacity as the country’s energy needs have risen rapidly in recent years. Underinvestment in infrastructure remains a key challenge for the sector. The government has in recent years sought to develop a long-term energy strategy and has launched major efforts to diversify electricity-generating capacity, reduce dependence on coal and seek alternative sources of hydrocarbons. The country is also looking at how to ensure demand- and supply-side management, as well as incorporate improved energy efficiency into its plans and the use of renewables, which are expected to account for 42% of additional generating sources, or a total of 17.8 GW, by 2030.
This chapter contains interviews with Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy; Brian Dames, Chief Executive, Eskom; Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa; and David Constable, CEO, Sasol.