The African continent as a whole remains heavily dependent upon fossil fuels with the likes of South Africa and Nigeria remaining over 70% dependent on non-renewables. The potential for a green transition over the coming years remains pertinent, yet a long way off.
Although South Africa remains very reliant on fossil fuels, there has been an increased supply and use of renewable energy, particularly wind and solar. This is mainly a direct result of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which sets out the South African government's diversification targets for the energy supply mix by 2030.
COVID-19 Employment Newsflash
Our guide to the issues likely to impact businesses and the key measures taken by African governments in response to COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health crisis and has significantly impacted global financial markets.
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing daily, and in light of the World Health Organization now terming it a pandemic, employers should have a clear plan in place in relation to their employees.
Naana Frimpong, a Litigation and Regulatory partner based in Atlanta, has been appointed to the DLA Piper Africa Board effective from 1 September 2021.
The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020 but was subject to a 12-month grace period, which ended yesterday (30 June 2021). Therefore, from today (1 July 2021) POPIA is fully in effect, save for certain provisions.
On 10 June 2021, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced amendments to schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) in terms of which, amongst other things, embedded generation projects with a capacity of up to 100 MW will become exempt from being required to be licensed with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA), one of the most used arbitral institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, launched its revised International Arbitration Rules (New AFSA Rules) on 1 June 2021.