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South Africa must find alternative livelihoods in shift away from coal – Mantashe

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South Africa’s shift away from fossil fuels must generate alternative economic activities in order to avoid coal mining areas such as Mpumalanga becoming “ghost towns”, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. “If we say we must stop fossil fuels, we must find alternative livelihoods,” Mantashe said on the sidelines of the African Energy Week conference in Cape Town. “If we don’t have alternative economic activity… then we are going to see more ghost towns in Mpumalanga,” he said.

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