South Africa and China have signed deals covering emissions technology, electricity transmission and distribution and nuclear power on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

The agreements are part of the South African government’s efforts to end record power cuts that are a major constraint on economic growth.

Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said one of the deals would see Chinese companies sharing technology to help South Africa’s struggling state utility, Eskom, cut emissions from its coal-fired power plants.

Other agreements would see Chinese firms helping Eskom upgrade its power transmission and distribution infrastructure and share expertise on nuclear power.

The summit of the BRICS group of emerging economies, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa opened on Tuesday and ends tomorrow, Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and commercial capital.

BRICS members are seeking to use the summit to forge the grouping into a counterweight to Western dominance of global institutions.





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