A special attention is given to South Africa, the largest electricity market of the continent accounting for half of Sub-Saharan Africa installed energy capacity. Now with a permanent office in Johannesburg, RES4Africa Foundation is committed to support the clean energy transition of the country that, despite the successful initiation of a renewable energy transition, still highly dependent on the extraction and export of coal. In a country where fossil fuels are such a significant part of the economy, it is especially important to plan for and manage the impacts of the transition to renewables, dedicating sufficient attention to employment and reskilling. RES4Africa aims to play an active role on the ground by contributing to the roadmap design for an effective and just energy transition: in partnership with local partners and stakeholders, the Foundation carries out the development of key studies and three showcase initiatives, AM-Powering Connexions, Re-Skilling Lab and Executive seminars.
In February 2021, RES4Africa Foundation, together with the Italian Embassy in Pretoria, CSIR, Nedbank CIB, SAPVIA, SAWEA, and SAESA, launched AM-Powering Connexions, a series of monthly morning appointments addressed to the South African energy community. The aim of the sessions is to share ideas and resources among relevant stakeholders of the local energy sector, as well as to create connections and engagement opportunities. Each session covers a salient topic in South Africa’s energy sector and sees a first half of presentations from subject experts, followed by an open discussion with questions raised by the audience. The ultimate goal of AM-Powering Connexions is to contribute to the roadmap definition for a just energy transition in the country through awareness raising, knowledge sharing, and increased stakeholder dialogue. The sessions are currently being held through an online platform and are open to all South Africans and RES4Africa Members. Click on the links below to register or learn more about past and future sessions.