Why South Africa is finding it difficult to wean itself off coal

South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity. A key challenge for the country in dealing with electricity shortages is that the bulk of power comes from coal, which is harmful for the environment and…

A few tips for aspiring cable thieves…

Power cuts due to cable theft affects every part of our modern lives, from business to traffic to taking a shower. In this episode we looked at power supply, from coal to kitchen so to speak; at the dangers and consequences of cable theft; and at possible alternatives to both coal and cables.

Caught by the SciBraai Eye

21 March 2014: In this week’s SciBraai Eye: Half of female shebeen-frequenters are unaware of fetal alcohol syndrome, a business opportunity exists in the Nigerian food market, how to cut your electricity bill by a third and a few words you’re unlikely to see in one sentence again: Tankwa Karoo’s feral goats. More education needed to warn…

Caught by the SciBraai Eye

24 January 2014: Shrimp and flower discoveries, a better energy pricing system and how cavemen prepared tortoise meals – these proudly South African science stories caught the SciBraai Eye this week. UCT researchers describe three new SA shrimp species Some call them shrimps, some call them scuds or sideswimmers. Most species are found in some…