CITATION: Meincken, M. 2012. Powering Africa. South African Journal of Science, 108(1/2), Art.#1062, doi:10.4102/sajs.v108i1/2.1062.
The original publication is available at http://sajs.co.za
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Africa, as a developing continent, is in a position to learn from the mistakes of the developed world. In terms of energy production, instead of trying to meet its requirements with fossil fuels alone, it should aim to implement renewable energy strategies wherever possible in the course of extending supply to its people. In terms of connectivity, the situation differs from the developed world in that a large proportion of the population (typically outside urban centres) is not connected to the electricity grid. This proportion varies from about 10% connectivity in Uganda to nearly 100% in Mauritius. In South Africa, about 35% of the population are not connected to the main grid, and these are mostly people living in remote rural areas.