RE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

The government’s utility scale renewable energy plants, being rolled out across the country between now and 2016 under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP), has specific requirements relating to economic development and community benefits. Four of the seven criteria relate to the citizens residing within a 50 kilometre radius around a proposed project site. These require that projects have a percentage local community ownership, contribute to local job creation, as well as spending directed towards socio-economic… Read moreRE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

The fifth BRICS summit – growing influence

The fifth BRICS summit took place in Durban from 26-27 March. The BRICS countries are made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and represent the fastest growing emerging markets in the world, accounting for 42% of the world’s population and 20% of output. Increasing cooperation between BRICS countries in key areas such as finance, culture, transportation links, and developing an integrated market for trade and investment were key objectives of the summit. There were four major outcomes… Read moreThe fifth BRICS summit – growing influence