Coal Mining In South Africa

South Africa faces a stark reality. It is the continent's largest greenhouse gas emitter. More than 80% of power generation comes from coal, with 11 coal power plants turning the province of Mpumalanga into one of the most polluted areas of the world. Locals grow up suffering inescapable chronic respiratory diseases. As the world moves away from fossil fuels and major global investors pull out, renewable energy fights to forge the future. The tension is palpable among the government, coal producers, workers, and the environment in a post-apartheid South Africa facing pressing developmental challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Wind and solar have enormous potential for the future of South Africa's energy system but will the country move forward quickly enough or miss a window of opportunity to plan for an inclusive renewable energy future?

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