A Constrained South African Electricity Supply Chain - What Next?


  • Kenneth Mathu North West University, South Africa




carbon-emissions, coal, constraints, electricity-supply-chain, renewable-energy, sustainability


Background: The South Africa’s reliance on fossil-fuels for electricity generation for nearly a century, has transformed the nation into a carbon economy, with a heavy carbon footprint, as over 80% of electricity generation and 40% of fossil-fuel production are from coal. The under-serviced aged coal-fired stations, hitherto fail to meet the generation capacity that has contributed power cuts for over a decade. This study explored the constraints of electricity supply chain that culminated into power outages since 2008 covering the aged coal-fired power stations and independent power producers (IPPs) that produces renewable sources of energy.

Method: Qualitative research methodology and constructivism research paradigm were pursued, and theories of competitive advantage and sustainable development underpinned the study.  The non-probability sampling process was used and interviews were recorded and transcribed. The emanating data was interpreted, coded and analysed via content analysis.

Results: The results indicated urgent need for hiring maintenance expertise for the aged coal-fired power stations to minimise loadshedding, while also expediting renewable sources of energy development for the sustainability of electricity supply chain.

Conclusion: The outcome of the study would align with the country’s chosen path of “Just Energy Transition” strategy, which embraces clean energy development from renewable sources. 




How to Cite

Mathu, K. (2023). A Constrained South African Electricity Supply Chain - What Next?. European Journal of Applied Sciences, 11(2), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.14738/aivp.112.14106