battleground for a just transition – Energy Transition


South Africa has finally released its climate change bill. The legislation could strengthen municipalities in their transition to renewable energy, argues science writer Leonie Joubert.

Local governments should earn their income from the distribution of electricity (Photo by Anagoria, CC NY-SA 3.0)


Electricity supply across South Africa is the task of the national government, but local municipalities are responsible for the last leg of energy distribution and sale. Two out of three South Africans now live in cities. This means that local government is key to meeting the daily energy needs of the majority of our citizens.

Many cities in South Africa use a Robin Hood approach to tackling the challenge of bringing free or affordable basic electricity and water services to poorer urban…

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