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In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa recently acknowledged the toll the country’s energy crisis is taking on our economy, aptly describing our energy security as precarious. He also made the bold announcement that the government will be working to lessen the country’s dependence on Eskom and will be welcoming independently generated solar energy as a solution to the way forward.

While this may seem an obvious solution given our sunny climate, there are layers of complexity at play, and the courage to admit that alternative energy sources are needed should still be commended...

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