Why South Africa’s Electricity Blackouts Are Set to Continue for the Next Five Years

For now, only those who can afford it will be able to escape the power cuts. Shutterstock/ Arnold Petersen Hartmut Winkler, University of Johannesburg South Africa is once more experiencing periodic power cuts. These typically take the form of scheduled supply interruptions, for two to four hours a day, whenever the country’s electricity system is […]

Ghana’s Bui Dam Raises Concerns – Again – About Hydro Power Projects

The Bui Dam was the subject of political contestation during its construction. ZSM/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Roger Gocking, Mercy College In the early years of African independence, hydroelectricity offered the promise of modernity and development. For then President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, the Akosombo Dam in Ghana (completed in 1965), in conjunction with the Aswan […]