JOHANNESBURG - Africa’s rising demand for energy and how to meet it will be the focus of discussions at a regional conference in Johannesburg next month, organisers said on Wednesday.
Projections published by the United Nations Population Division show that Africa’s population has grown by 30 million people in the past year and annual increases are expected to exceed 42 million by 2050.
This means means the total population will have doubled to 2.4 billion, translating to 3.5 million additional people per month or 80 more people per minute.
"The vast increase in the number of people in Africa along with increased standards of living puts significant pressure on the demand for affordable energy," organisers of the Africa Energy Indaba said on Wednesaday.
Its next event will take place on February 19 – 20 in South Africa's economic capital.