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South Africa’s $8.5bn green energy deal light on research


US, Europe investment will help Africa’s biggest polluter kick fossil fuel habit

A US$8.5 billion (R131 billion) international investment package will help South Africa transition from its heavy reliance on fossil fuels, but it’s not clear whether the deal will benefit research.

The mega-deal announced on 2 November will see the governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, United States and the European Union provide funding for a “just transition to a low carbon economy” in three to five years.

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