Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to expand South Africa's renewable
energy sector by adding another 6 300MW of wind and solar power to the 5 243MW the
government programme already buys from the private sector.
A R1-billion government incentive scheme aimed at developing black industrialists will help South
Africa achieve radical transformation of its economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said
at the Black Industrialists Indaba held in Midrand this week.
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.
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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