The Matola LNG import terminal project, on the outskirts of Maputo, is progressing quietly. Pretoria, which has no alternative medium-term solution for importing gas, should be the main beneficiary.
South Africa's head of state supports the development of renewable energy, yet the energy minister opposes it and is promoting the benefits of coal. Caught in the crossfire of this political struggle is Eskom's CEO, Andre de Ruyter, who has come up with a recovery plan to save the ailing company.
Since he took over as mineral resources and energy minister in February 2018, Gwede Mantashe has strengthened his hold over the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). His authority over the body's directors has enabled him to pursue an ongoing vendetta with Eskom, press the case for retaining Turkish private sector energy supplier Karpowership and back nuclear power development.
South Africa's High Court has declared Eskom the winner in its dispute with the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) over electricity prices for 2022 and 2023.
Germany may be phasing out nuclear power but demand for uranium in the rest of Europe and Asia is set to increase, as industrialised nations scramble for sources of decarbonised electricity. In Africa, countries such as Tanzania and Botswana are trying to take advantage of the trend to get their uranium production off the ground and join Namibia and Niger in the select group of African countries that produce yelllowcake.
The South African metropolitan municipality, which is controlled by the Democratic Alliance party, is striving hard to free itself from its dependence on public sector electricity utility Eskom. Two members of the newly elected mayor's team look set to play a particular role in the ongoing battle.
The South African head of state, who is currently touring West Africa, will land in Abidjan on 2 December for an unprecedented official visit, during which he will raise bilateral relations, trade and airlines.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow began with a behind closed doors serious tug of war between African negotiators and Latin American counterparts. The COP26 ended on 14 November with its overall results falling short of expectations.
With the business climate increasingly unfavourable for investment in coal, African Energy Resources plans to hive off its Botswanan coal assets from its Australian parent company, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. They will in future be held by a non-listed company, away from the sight of conscientious investors.
The South African leader and Andre de Ruyter, the boss of the public electricity company Eskom Holdings, are juggling two challenges: finding funds to finance the decarbonisation of the economy while keeping the mining unions, a wellspring of potential ANC voters, on board.
While state-owned utility Eskom waits for the Arnot mine to resume coal production to supply its power stations and provide desperately needed electricity for South Africa, a dispute between its shareholders and a former business partner could stand in the way.
Plans to build LNG import terminals in South Africa are back on the table thanks to an alliance between the state-run Central Energy Fund and petrochemical giant Sasol. But many obstacles remain.
The US financial markets watchdog has appealed against a New York court decision to limit the scope of the charges it can make against Rio Tinto. The mining group has been accused of raising $5bn on the US financial markets after making false statements about the potential of a coal mining project in Mozambique.