The Current | Podcast series

Your live wire on South Africa's energy transition

Iman Rappetti


Welcome to The Current - an Investec Focus Radio series that delves into South Africa’s energy transition. Over 10 episodes, our host Iman Rappetti will be talking to industry experts, from inside Investec and beyond, about how South Africa can keep the lights on while moving towards a more equitable and sustainable energy future.

From an individual looking to go off-grid, to a corporate or institutional investor looking to benefit from the opportunities of the energy transition- this is for you. 

The podcast will cover the current state of the energy system, the drivers and barriers for change, the potential solutions and trade-offs, and the implications for the economy, finance, society and the environment.

Episode 1: At the coalface of SA's energy transition

What's covered?

Investec's Campbell Parry, Chris Holdsworth, Samantha Mooi and James Mackay of the Energy Council of SA, set the scene on why an energy transition is so important, the drivers and barriers to change and the social, economic and environmental implications of SA's transition. Read transcript.

Episode 2: Unplugging Eskom's Woes

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Investec's Martin Meyer, Ayan Ghosh and Rudi Dicks, the Project management head in the office of the Presidency, unpack the multitude of challenges facing Eskom and the feasibility of the government plans to turn the overburdened utility around. Read the transcript.

Episode 3: Unearthing opportunities in mining

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Investec's Quentin Allison, Ayan Ghosh and Fanele Mondi, CEO of the Energy Intensive Users Group, examine the crucial role of the mining sector in the energy transition, with a focus on the growing demand for so-called "clean minerals" which South Africa has in abundance.  Read the transcript. 

Episode 4: Cashing in on clean

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Investec's Campbell Parry, Barry Shamley, Zane Bezuidenhout and Boipelo Rabotata discuss the investment opportunities presented by net zero and the energy transition. From mining stock, to companies facilitating the transition - all the way downstream to carbon capture, hydrogen and AI, the energy transition is fundamentally impacting the private investor landscape. Read the transcript

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The Current's bi-weekly schedule

24 April


The future of fossil fuels 


8 May


SA's Solar awakening

22 May


New tech's promise and perils

5 June


Powering sustainable transport

19 June


Africa's green energy future 

3 July


The wrap | Key series takeouts 


Meet our host | Iman Rappetti

Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist, newscaster, author and communications strategist. Her media career spans more than 25 years. Iman anchors Newsfeed AM the mid-morning news programme on Newzroom Afrika. 

Iman Rappetti - The Current host

She previously anchored primetime news programmes for SABC, and held other roles at Business Day, SABC News online, Talk Radio 702 and Power FM.

She is a global, sought-after moderator of crucial conversations. International publisher Pan Macmillan has published two of her books. 

Iman is on the faculty of DukeCE, delivering global education programmes as an orchestrator and educator.

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