The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has won international awards for its efficiency and impact. Over its four rounds, the cost of renewable power generation has fallen, and power and hope have been brought to forgotten communities.
Two wind farms, with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts and representing an investment of R5.9-billion, will be built by the Irish company, Mainstream Renewable Power. The wind farms are in the Nama Khoi municipality in Northern Cape and in the Cape Winelands district.
The ocean as a resource was highlighted at World Oceans Day celebrations, with WWF South Africa's Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative highlighting its #SASSIStories campaign, and various speakers pointing to the dangers of overfishing, pollution and other issues.
South Africa aims to have eradicated the bucket system in formal areas by December. Water is critical to this. Disposing human waste through flushing toilets that use drinking-quality water is also unsustainable, and the country is looking at new technology to save water.
Almost 80% of the country's people will live in its cities and towns by 2050. A framework is being drawn up to contain this growth, to build "liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life".
With a total installed capacity of 82.5MW, the Pulida solar power plant near Kimberley will be able to generate more than 150 gigawatt hours per year once fully operational - or about the annual energy consumption of nearly 50 000 households. It is Enel's second plant in South Africa.
The World Heritage site will be retrofitted for solar power in the pilot phase of the Department of Tourism's Tourism Incentive Programme. In time, solar power will be installed in the country's botanical gardens, South African National Parks and world heritage sites.
If shale gas is found in South Africa, it will contribute to energy security, says the science and technology minister in launching an environmental assessment of shale gas development. The study will improve the understanding of the risks and opportunities inherent in the resource.
Much progress has been made in implementing the initiatives of the National Development Plan, says the minister in the presidency. He lists investments in the ports and in aquaculture, as well as programmes in health care delivery and Operation Phakisa labs in mining and education.
Nineteen black rhino have been released at an undisclosed location in South Africa under WWF South Africa's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project to create a new breeding population of the critically endangered animals.