Energy Africa Project: Documentary To Shed Light!

The time has come for the long and twisted tale of South Africas energy crisis and the history of its nuclear programme are stories to be told fearlessly and objectively, and most importantly without bias.

 Filmmaker and Director Joseph Oesi is the ideal man to bring such critical stories to the fore, already having exposed the mining industry in his acclaimed and powerful 2016 documentary, “Black Lives Matter.


Oesi is about to take on this challenge and expose one of South Africas most burning issues through a new documentary that will be based on extensive research and engagement across South Africa, Africa, and beyond.

 Energy Africa is currently launching into production and promises to be an expansive and comprehensive analysis of South Africas ongoing energy crisis and the options the country has to solve the electricity problems that have blighted it for more than a decade. The aim of this tell-all documentary is to challenge the status quo towards energy supply and explore new, sustainable alternatives to nuclear plants.


To produce a film of this magnitude will require significant resources for research, site visits, and direct outreach to stakeholders and the various players in the energy sphere. In order to maintain the independence and objectivity of the film, Oesi and his production team have launched a crowd-funding campaign to support the film and its associated research and activism. 

Oesi has assembled a team to assist in the early stages of the project that will see an emphasis on research and investigation.  Such in-depth and sincere journalism requires the support of individual donors from across the world to make this necessary film become a reality.


Concerned citizens of the world who are interested in supporting Africa’s quest for the truth around this critical energy crisis are invited to support the project by visiting and making a donation of any amount.


In return they would not only empower to uncover the truth but they would begin to be informed and involved to protect the future, because the energy business concerns everyone, especially when it has a potential to harm the environment.


It is vital for the film’s wider mission that it forms part of a broader engagement campaign for social justice and the environment that will include the very communities in South Africa where nuclear power plants and waste sites are planned to be built.


This ambitious and much needed outreach and engagement campaign will include informative workshops in schools and other public platforms with aim of delivering the informative empowerment to the public, decision-makers, academics and the future generations.


Additional planned tactics include panel discussions with local activists and leaders, live performances, and a multimedia website featuring teaching guides and other educational materials. The ultimate product will be both the audio-visual documentary as well as a book that will deliver the detailed report on the discoveries by the production team.


The only way this much-needed exposure will come to light is with the support of like-minded individuals who fear for the possible negative outcome of nuclear plants.  Conscious minded individuals and organisations from South Africa, Africa and beyond. Donations of any kind are therefore an essential element for not only exposing the truth, but to also bring to light possible alternatives


To stay up to date with the latest developments and news from the Energy Africa Project: follow on social media: @EnergyAfricaPr and


Film Synopsis

Energy Africa – a feature documentary film that will examine and provide a comprehensive analysis of South Africas energy crisis, the options the country has to solve its electricity problems that have blighted it for more than a decade. The lack of constant running electricity is not just a South African crisis but a continental problem — where an estimated population of 1.2 billion people live mainly in the dark. Africa urgently needs energy solutions to free its people out of darkness and poverty into a sustainable bright future for its people


The film will examine just how different will the future energy map of South Africa look: its impact on the African continent. And is South Africas energy policy principally a scientific issue, an economic or a political one?



Born in the Natal Midlands, the picturesque part of KzwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, Joseph Oesi is a veteran South African news journalist whose work on the African continent has appeared across the world especially in Europe and North America.

He was educated in prestigious secondary and tertiary institutions in South Africa (St John’s),France (University of Paris III, La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Grand Ecole Institute des Hautes Cinematographique CIDECH, Bry-Sir-Mane, Paris) and Australia (Australian Film & TV School, Sydney) where he received a BA degree in Journalism and French Literature and a video editing and camera diploma.

 Although he is essentially a journalist by trade, Oesi chose at a very early stage to focus on his first passion namely telling stories through televisual devices. Accordingly, the bulk of his published work is narrated through the video camera in the form of films and documentaries. He particularly likes TV documentaries. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced documentaries in French and English language on African sports and politics for major TV networks including etv, South Africas privately owned television; the SABC, South Africas public broadcaster; CNN; CBS; Reuters; WTN; APTN; BBC and Thames TV.

 A few years ago, he founded Hambrook Communications, a communications firm, to assist a variety of clients to tell their stories especially through the television medium.