Thursday, October 1st from 13:00—14:00 (GMT+2)
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Financing South Africa energy’s transition (1994 to 2019)    

This series brings together scientists, practitioners and societal actors who use the frameworks of complexity and resilience thinking in their daily work to make sense of the complex dynamics of change and transformative processes. There will be a special focus on how these ideas and practices are used in current times and how local and regional processes and perspectives are being shaped by applying the theoretical concepts and tools for fostering more resilient organisations, communities and decision-making strategies.

In this webinar the discussants will present work on the sustainability and climate breakdown that highlights an ‘interregnum’ – the tense, uncertain period where old systems are dying but hold firmly to power, while new systems struggle to emerge as dominant. During such transition periods, what role exists for the financial system? This talk contributes to this question by introducing new theoretical perspectives and case work of how policymakers and financial intermediaries engaged in financing South Africa’s energy transition (1994 to 2019).

Discussants: Dr Chantal Naidoo (European Climate Foundation), Dr Nthabi Mohlakoana (CST, Stellenbosch)

Moderator: Dr Rika Preiser

Dr Chantal Naidoo holds a PhD from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Her primary research relates to the role of financial systems in sustainability transition processes, and research interests include national development banks, financing strategies for climate action and rethinking finance theories for sustainability. She is presently leading a support programme on energy transitions funded by the European Climate Foundation. Her prior work includes technical roles in public and private finance institutions, and Green Climate Fund supporting countries across the Africa region on climate finance and readiness assistance.

Dr Nthabiseng (Nthabi) Mohlakoana is a lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) and Researcher focusing on the South African Just Energy Transition process, Renewable Energy policies, technology, governance issues and transitions. With over 15 years of experience in research focusing on energy policy implementation, energy access and use as well as gender mainstreaming in the energy sector, Nthabi’s expertise are relevant to the current CST agenda of sustainable energy transitions in South Africa and the rest of the continent. In 2014 she completed her PhD study at the University of Twente’s Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) where she analysed the implementation process of the Free Basic Alternative Energy (FBAE) policy by local municipalities in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.