Women and Energy in South Africa


Annecke, Wendy Jill. 2000. “Women and Energy in South Africa.” Energy for Sustainable Development 4 (4): 44–47.

Author: Wendy Jill Annecke


The article provides a brief overview of the historical absence of women from the formal energy sector, and their invisibility as users and clients in South Africa. This changed in the last decade of this century when women began to be recognised as an important category of managers of domestic energy for productive and reproductive purposes, and the need for these to be sustainable. It changed even further with the appointment of women as Minister and Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Energy Fund. However, there is still a great deal to be done to change the fundamentally unequal relations between people with access to power and resources in South Africa and those without.

Topics: Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Infrastructure, Energy Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: South Africa

Year: 2000

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