Climate change debates in South Africa sometimes come across as a contest between the environmental angels who lobby for renewables and the environmental villains who advocate for fossil fuels.

Added to this simplistic perception is the unfortunate narrative that South Africa, which contributes 1% of global carbon emissions, holds the keys to the just energy transition. South African companies such as Eskom, Standard Bank and Sasol, which are associated with investment in fossil fuels, are often the targets of the “angels”...

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