Radio702, a prominent news and talk radio station in South Africa, this week discussed whether China might be able to help the country out of its ongoing electricity crisis. The power issue is back in the headlines as the country’s beleaguered power utility Eskom is again instituting rolling blackouts due to a lack of capacity.
The discussion covered the breadth of China’s power engagement in the Global South, from coal to nuclear to renewables. It also touched on the spotty record of Chinese projects in South Africa.
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The acting CEO of troubled South African state-owned utility Eskom, Calib Cassim, provoked widespread outrage late last week when it was revealed that he led a high-level delegation to China that also included ...