Posts tagged as economy

Extra electricity capacity won’t drive economic recovery

Although the South African economy is not in as bad a state as many believe, and although growth is sluggish it won’t improve by simply increasing electricity generating capacity. This was the view of two experts who spoke at the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities’ (AMEU’s) affiliates CEO breakfast at the Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead, recently. […]

Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce

A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, is on everyone’s minds of late. […]

IEA report: Boosting the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa

  Over the past 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP growth accelerated substantially. Growth averaged at 5% per year between 2008 and 2015. It slowed to 3,5% in 2015, but is expected to increase to 4% in 2016. Limited access to electricity is a significant constraint to sustained economic growth across the continent. Chinese companies are increasingly […]

Restructuring and reform of South Africa’s power sector

  This article is a precis of a keynote address to the Industrial and Commercial Users of Electricity (ICUE) conference held in Cape Town recently. Everyone welcomes the fact that South Africa has not had load-shedding for nearly a year. After years of power cuts, which constrained economic growth, electricity consumption is more or less […]

South Africa needs to attract domestic and foreign investment for economic growth

  South Africa has so many positive economic growth attributes that it is difficult to believe that it cannot succeed in achieving high economic growth going forward.  An assessment of these attributes reveals that it has virtually unlimited natural resource treasures, among the richest of any nation in the world.  It has a multi-talented multi-ethnic […]

Five factors are shaping the future of ICT: ITU

To realise the full potential of the digital economy, policy-makers and regulators have a key role to play in building policy and regulatory environments in which new technologies can flourish. “Information and communication technologies (ICT) are now all-pervasive and will be central to helping the world meet all 17 sustainable development goals. The role of […]

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