ENERGY ACCESS

Since 1994 South Africa has introduced many laudable and strong pro-poor policies, notably an impressive electrification and housing programme. We are now 87% electrified compared to 36% in 1996. Despite this, we have not reached the goal of universal access. If the country is to achieve a reduction in energy poverty and reach its goal of 100% electrification, policy and regulatory frameworks, and resources to support energy service delivery and implementation, need to be reviewed.

Energy Access

Since 1994 South Africa has introduced many laudable and strong pro-poor policies, notably an impressive electrification and housing programme. We are now 87% electrified compared to 36% in 1996. Despite this, we have not reached the goal of universal access. If the country is to achieve a reduction in energy poverty and reach its goal of 100% electrification, policy and regulatory frameworks, and resources to support energy service delivery and implementation, need to be reviewed.

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Towards a New Equitable Share Formula for Local Government

A discussion document proposing the new structure of the local government equitable share grant – which is an unconditional grant disbursed to municipalities to support the provision of basic services. (Dept of National Treasury, Dept of Cooperative Governance, SALGA, Stats SA, Financial Fiscal Commission, 2012)

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Alleviating Urban Energy Poverty in the Informal Sector: the Role for Local Government

This paper sets out to explore the challenges of energy service delivery in informal settlements through developmental local government approaches. It concludes that these developmental challenges require transformation at multiple levels of government in order to fulfil the constitutional objectives of poverty alleviation and to promote development and growth in South Africa. At the local level, responsive solutions and capacity is required, while at the macro-level, strengthened leadership and enhanced intergovernmental coordination is required to change the status quo. (Wolpe, P. & Reddy, Y., Sustainable Energy Africa, 2012)

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Energising Urban South Africa: Poverty, Sustainability and Future Cities

This paper focuses on the energy dimension of urban sustainable development through three key themes that are central to socially acceptable, resource efficient future cities: 1) the spatial form of cities, 2) transport and 3) electricity provision to informal settlements. (Wolpe P., Reddy, Y. & Euston-Brown, M., 2013)

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