South Africa is highly reliant on coal. The declining global demand for coal, coupled with the increase in the use of alternative energy sources threatens the coal industry. The impact of this decline will be severe and are estimated to threaten the livelihoods of as many as 120 000 people in mining, beneficiation, and power generation.
This Policy Brief provides input to an ongoing process to establish the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM). SAREM aims to expand South Africa’s manufacturing industry to realise the substantial benefits of manufacturing in the economy across key identified renewable energy value chains. It provides proposals that advance employment creation, decent work, and skills development.