Energy Landscape

South Africa

Coal is the dominant source of energy production in South Africa, and most of that coal is extracted near Gauteng. As a result, most powerstations built by the national energy provider - ESKOM - are located near Johannesburg.
        In 2007, ESKOM began a series of energy loadshedding because the nation’s energy demands were exceeding its capabilities to supply it - a consequence largely caused by failing powerstation infrastructure and mismanagement resulting from political corruption at ESKOM.
        In 2011, South Africa introduced the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) to incentivize capital investment into alternative energy techologies by opening opportunities for non-ESKOM affiliated utility companies to supply power onto the national electrical grid.
        This project opportunistically capitalizes on these two circumstances to speculate what the new South African energy landscape could be.


Sanne van den Breemer
Filip Geerts
Ilmar Hurkxkens

Director of Studies

Salomon Frausto


Nigel Alarcon(MX), Pooja Bhave(IN), Mariano Cuofano(IT), Fabiola Cruz(PE), Alonso Díaz(MX), Xiaoyu Ding(CN), Ines Garcia‑Lezana(ES), Sandra Garcia(ES), Martino Greco(IT), Sebastian Hitchcock(ZA), Alejandra Huesca(MX), Yesah Hwangbo(KR), Takuma Johnson(US), Yi-Ni Lin(TW), Paola Tovar(MX), Cristhy Mattos(BR), Preradon Pimpakan(TH), Adi Samet(IL), Raymond Tang(US), Kulaporn Temudom(TH), Danai Tsigkanou(GR), Jesse Verdoes(NL), Rongting Xiao(CN)