Doing business with SA
Policies that help create black industrialists in townships and rural areas need to be the focus of the
newly appointed Black Economic Empowerment Council, President Jacob Zuma said at the council's
inaugural session held at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Tuesday.
South Africa opened its first solar thermal electricity plant – KaXu Solar One – near Pofadder in the
Northern Province on Monday. KaXu, which means "open skies" in the local Nama language, will
add 100MW of electricity from the sun to the national grid, equal to the consumption of
80 000 houses.
The first of Medupi power station's six units was connected to South Africa's national power grid on
Monday, marking "an exciting milestone" toward full commercial power of the Limpopo plant,
Eskom boss Tshediso Matona said.
South Africa's so-called "energy war room" – established last year to address the country's energy
issues – was focused on implementing the government's plan to stabilise supply and diversify
sources of energy, Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti told a media briefing this week.
South Africa's Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, Stats SA
announced on Tuesday, accelerating much more than the markets expected – thanks largely to
higher production in the manufacturing sector.
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