South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent producers, adding further to the 3 900 MW of wind and solar power that is already set to be added to the country's energy mix.
The Department of Energy will make a definite announcement on South Africa's nuclear build future within the next two months, Energy Minister Ben Martins told a business briefing in Pretoria on Monday.
The R12.5-billion Mzimvubu Water Project, which will involve the construction of two major dams, a hydropower plant and bulk water distribution infrastructure to supply over 720 000 households, was launched in the Eastern Cape on Friday.
South Africa's investment in research and development (R&D) grew to R22.2-billion in 2011/12, holding steady at 0.76% of GDP and indicating that the country was "turning the corner" on R&D spending, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said this week.
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