In South Africa, our most abundant source of energy is coal. Most of our coal is low quality with a low heat value and a high ash content.
Eskom relies on coal fired power stations to produce approximately 90% of its electricity. Eskom uses over 90 million tons of coal per annum. Coal mining in South Africa is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world. These low costs have had an important effect on the nation's prosperity and potential for development.
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