South Africa Could Miss Out On EVolution


Elon Musk’s home town of Pretoria recently hosted the Smarter Mobility Africa 2019 Summit, where the future of South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry was one of the major sessions.

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Will South Africa Build Electric Vehicles?


Like Germany is to Europe, South Africa is the manufacturing powerhouse of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, South Africa produced 610,854 vehicles. In particular, it has 8 automobile assembly plants.

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Africa’s Oil Curse, the Example of Nigeria


A common concept in Africa that is not noticed in the United States or other parts of the world is what in Africa is called “Africa’s Oil Curse.”. CleanTechnica has been running a number of articles on little noted negative aspects of gas/diesel vehicles.

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Tesla Powerwall 2 Arrives Just In Time As Power Cuts Worsen In South Africa


On the 9th of this month, for the first time ever, Eskom, South Africa’s national power utility company, implemented Stage 6 Load shedding in which Eskom had to shed a load of 6000 MW to stabilise the grid. South Africa’s current installed capacity is 49.4

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How Can Africa Join The EV Revolution? (Video)


A lot of the OEMs have not expressed any interest in bringing EVs to the rest of Africa anytime soon. With the majority of them struggling to meet demand in their home and traditional markets, it doesn’t look like Africa will be a priority anytime soon.

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Electric Deliveries Are Spreading Across Africa, Botswana Startup MyFoodness Adopts Electric Scooters On Its Routes


Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Vehicles Green Economy Africa Botswana electric scooters Gaborone Kenya MyFoodness South Africa YadeaSlowly but surely, we are getting there.

Botswana-Based Accite Holdings Brings Plant-Based Meat Revolution To Africa With Beyond Meat


Infinite Foods, a subsidiary of Botswana-based Accite Holdings, plans to tackle Africa’s nutrition problem in a more sustainable way by promoting plant-based food products across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Blockchain Is Decrypting Africa’s Future In Renewables


Clean Power Africa blockchain CryptocurrenciesJust a few years ago, the notion of a consumer-driven energy sector was unheard of, much less within the African context. Fast-forward to 2019, and blockchain is opening a new energy chapter, driven by smart technologies.

Africa Released 6 Billion Tonnes Of CO2 In 2016, Despite Its Low Record For GHG Emissions


With the continent of Africa not being the largest source of global emissions, questions are not being asked as to what else is being done there to impact our climate. Climate Change Africa co2 emissions GHG emissions

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Aavishkaar scores $37 million for expansion in Asia and Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 26 – India-based impact investor Aavishkaar has more than $1 billion in assets under management and three open funds in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. paywall Africa Smarter Money Industry News Asia Dealflow India

Atoms for Africa

Jim Conca

The economies of Africa’s 54 countries with 1.2 billion people are hobbled by a general dearth of energy. But nuclear energy could help that more than the rest of the world realizes, as discussed in a new report by the Center for Global Development.

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CDC Group backs Africa’s banks to ratchet up small business finance

Impact Alpha

In Africa, the latest demonstration of its Catalytic Strategies amounts to $275 million in The post CDC Group backs Africa’s banks to ratchet up small business finance appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa paywall Dealflow Entrepreneurship Catalytic Capital

Small businesses, big opportunities: Where to hunt for impact investments in Africa this year

Impact Alpha

In sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank forecasts economic growth to pick up to 2.9% (from an estimated 2.5% SDGs Africa Smarter Money paywall Originals Entrepreneurship Inclusive EconomyOut of the gate, 2020 is being hailed as a comeback year for emerging-markets investing.

Samasource raises $14.8 million to connect tech giants with Africa’s data talent

Impact Alpha

San Francisco-based Samasource trains and hires data reviewers in East Africa to tag photos and annotate other data sources for Fortune 500 companies. million to connect tech giants with Africa’s data talent appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

In Africa, climate-smart private equity investors have the opportunity to lead

Impact Alpha

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa – the most vulnerable continent to climate change, both in terms of impact and ability to mitigate damage. Africa’s private equity funds must become leaders in the global fight against climate change. ImpactAlpha, Oct.

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer: “What is urgently needed is more power from somewhere”


Last week, South Africa experienced the largest power outage in over a decade. Eskom, a South African electric company, is having some serious issues. Arrests have been made over fraud involving millions of dollars.

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UK Climate Investments backs three renewable energy projects in South Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, August 26 – South Africa is a laggard in the renewable energy transition. By 2030, the South Africa wants to reduce coal’s role in its energy mix to 46% and boost clean and renewably-based generation to more than 30% (including hydro and nuclear power).

Fika Mobility Wants To Jumpstart The Kenyan Electric Motorcycle Market With Battery Swap Model


According to the Motorcycle Assemblers Association of Kenya, there are currently about 600,000 commercial motorcycles in Kenya. Motorcycle taxis, known as Boda Bodas, are extremely popular, as commuters use them to whiz through Nairobi’s infamous traffic.

Catalytic investment strategies to improve the lives of millions of small farmers in Africa

Impact Alpha

Africa paywall Farmer Finance Signals Catalytic CapitalImpactAlpha, Feb. 4 – When it comes to driving shared prosperity across a market, how capital is deployed is as important as what is funds.

South Africa's first interior 6 star Green Star awarded to Formfunc

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Green Building Council recently awarded South Africa’s highest possible Interiors Green Star v1 certification to Capetown-based company Formfunc Studio’s office spaces—the first such rating to be awarded in the country for an office and distribution center

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Mitsubishi adds off-grid solar assets in Africa with stake in BBOXX

Impact Alpha

Until recently, that side of of the company didn’t have much of a footprint in Africa, where 600 million people still have little or no access to electricity. paywall SDGs Africa Clean Energy Dealflow solar-energy

Africa's first sustainable chocolate brand plans to sell in the US

Inhabitat - Innovation

While Africa grows 70 percent of the world’s cacao, very little chocolate is made on the continent. Instead, most of the raw material is shipped to other countries that then produce delicious chocolates. But De Villiers Chocolate is now working on becoming the first African-made, sustainably sourced chocolate brand available in the U.S.

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Battery Supply Constraints On The World Market & Electricity Blackouts Spur South African Battery Assembly


With a huge world market to address, a limited quantity of the batteries from these global brands get to reach Africa. Just like many EV brands blame the slow ramp-up of EV production on battery supply constraints, lithium-ion home batteries have not been produced in large volumes.

It’s Amazing What Women With Energy Can Do


“Clean energy entrepreneurship offers a firm path to economic advancement and meaningful inclusion for women living in rural communities in West Africa. Clean Power Solar Energy Africa clean energy entrepreneurship gender inequality Senegal West Africa women

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Two New Coal Plants Cancelled In Botswana


While the battle against coal-generated electricity is progressing nicely in the United States, Europe, South Korea, and even to a certain extent Japan, China, and India, the coal companies in some of those countries continue to have their sights on building more coal plants in Africa.

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Palladium makes two investments in Africa from its first impact fund

Impact Alpha

Now it has launched its own fund to move more capital, targeting a $40 million raise to invest in small businesses in Africa. paywall Entrepreneurship SDGs Africa Women Entrepreneurs Women Rising Clean Energy Dealflow Inclusive Economy

New South African Lithium-Ion Cell Mega-Factory, Plans For 32 GWh/Year By 2028


The battery storage market in South Africa is expected to grow significantly going forward as companies and homes look to cushion themselves from ongoing electricity blackouts.

Blue Nova Launches The MegaBoy 1 MWh Storage Product


Blue Nova Energy, a member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Listed Reunert Group, looks to be ramping up nicely and has just launched the MegaBoy.

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Twiga Foods enlists Goldman and shifts supply away from Africa’s small farmers

Impact Alpha

The post Twiga Foods enlists Goldman and shifts supply away from Africa’s small farmers appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa paywall Farmer Finance Dealflow Inclusive EconomyImpactAlpha, October 29 – Kenyans spend nearly half their income buying food.

“Solar Water ATMs” bring business model that could improve access to clean water in sub-Saharan Africa

Envirotec Magazine

Access to clean water remains a significant problem in Africa, yet smartphones are widespread throughout the continent.

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Event - Future Energy East Africa

Green Market Oracle

The Future Energy East Africa, will take place on September 17 – 18, 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the largest and longest running regional power conference and exhibition in East Africa.

105 Cities Have Made The Global CDP 2019 “A” List For Climate Action


Air Quality Buildings Clean Power Clean Transport Climate Change Energy Efficiency Green Economy Policy & Politics Press Releases Africa Brazil CDP cities Europe Malaysia Mexico Sweden urban planning VancouverThe increase in CDP A-list cities from 43 in 2018 to 105 in 2019 is encouraging.

For Southern Africa, Climate Change Is Real As Prolonged Droughts Are Creating Food Shortages

Forbes Green Tech

The United Nations is reporting that prolonged droughts in southern Africa have led to food shortages, which will impact 45 million people. Climate change is a culprit

South Africa’s Eskom Preparing First Large-Scale Battery Tender


The large-scale energy storage tender, the first of its kind in the country and in Africa as a whole, will be split into two phases, with an initial 200 megawatts/800 megawatt-hours of capacity to be built by December 2020, an Eskom official said. Developers will also have to take into account that South Africa has a 500-cubic-meter hazardous substances limit, above which any deployment will have to go through additional permitting that could take a couple of years.

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Public-Private Partnerships Aim To Build Clean Energy Projects In Africa

Forbes Green Tech

More than 500 million are living in Africa without access to electricity. It needs billions in new clean energy investment. But how? Public-private partnerships are one solution