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South Africa Minister Says Hunger Kills Faster Than Fossil Fuels

  • Energy Minister Mantashe backs investment in hydrocarbons
  • Country generates more than 80% of its electricity from coal

South Africa is aware of the dangers of fossil fuels, “but hunger will kill us faster,” its energy minister said.

While the continent’s most industrialized nation must transition to cleaner energies, Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has championed coal and other fossil fuels. South Africa generates more than 80% of its electricity from coal, although the development of privately funded renewable power projects is starting to gain momentum.