South African court dismisses bid to block $4.7bn renewable deals

A South African court on Thursday dismissed a bid to block $4.7-billion in renewable power contracts, an energy ministry spokeswoman said, removing an obstacle to the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. The last-minute legal challenge was lodged earlier this month by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA, a group which has lobbied for ousted president Jacob Zuma in the past.