The rising cost of electricity and increased demand on the national grid, along with the government's introduction of a National Energy Efficiency Strategy, are encouraging South African businesses to implement energy-efficient initiatives and technologies, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan.
The South African government is taking the lead, with big corporates close behind, in environmentally friendly building design and construction, with Ernst & Young's new headquarters in Johannesburg being certified as the country's 50th Green Star-rated building by the Green Building Council SA.
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry has launched a R71-million programme which will help unemployed graduates get work experience by negotiating placements and internships at companies for them.
Energy Minister Ben Martins and the vice administrator of China's National Energy Commission, Tan Rongyao, met in Cape Town on Tuesday to discuss China's interest in participating in South Africa's nuclear energy projects.
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