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The COP26 deal will not be enough to end SA’s coal addiction (Ray Mwareya, Al Jazeera)

South Africa runs on coal. It is the world’s seventh-largest coal producer, and about 80 percent of the country’s energy is generated by it. In addition to the extensive use of coal in the domestic economy, about 30 percent of South Africa’s production is exported, making the country the fourth-largest coal exporter in the world.

The vast scale of South Africa’s coal operation, run by the state power company Eskom, is an obstacle in the way of global efforts to combat climate change. Indeed, today South Africa is the 12th-biggest carbon dioxide emitter in the world.

The COP26 deal will not be enough to end SA’s coal addiction | Climate Crisis | Al Jazeera

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South Africa’s municipal elections: A referendum on political parties and local democracy (Danielle Resnick, Brookings)

On November 1, South Africans will go to the polls in the sixth round of local government elections since the country’s democratic transition in 1994. Voters will be able to choose among 60,000 candidates and more than 300 political parties to elect councilors for 257 municipalities.

South Africa’s municipal elections: A referendum on political parties and local democracy (brookings.edu)

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Three South African ministers freed after standoff with veterans (Al Jazeera)

South African special forces have freed three government ministers held hostage by veterans demanding compensation for their role in the fight against apartheid, according to officials.

The incident occurred in a hotel in the capital, Pretoria, on Thursday night during a meeting with veterans and top government officials, including Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defence Minister Thandi Modise and her deputy Thabang Makwetla.

Three South African ministers freed after standoff with veterans | News | Al Jazeera