Almost 80% of the country's people will live in its cities and towns by 2050. A framework is
being drawn up to contain this growth, to build "liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially
integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life".
South Africa will not meet the international deadline to migrate from analogue, but it will begin
with an awareness campaign and roll out set top boxes to five million poor homes over the next
two years. It is also signing agreements on frequency interference with neighbouring nations.
Nuclear power is definitely on the agenda for South Africa, and the country will begin its nuclear
buy programme later this year. In preparation, it has started a training programme with a
number of other countries, with a group of students already studying in China.
The state will not privatise basic services, such as electricity and sanitation, but South Africans
can expect load shedding for the next three years while it finishes new power stations. Already,
Medupi has passed the 700MW milestone and will be fully operational by the end of June.
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