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Court bid to halt coal project fails

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2017 An urgent Pretoria High Court bid to stop Atha-Africa Ventures from proceeding with the development of the Yzermyn coal mining project in Mpumalanga has failed, with the matter removed from the urgent roll and each party made to pay own costs. The court found that the allegations of the eight... 

Renewable energy key to manufacturing competitiveness

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2017 South Africa’s renewable energy sector, which has grown from a R100-million market to a R1-billion market over the past few years, is a good example of manufacturing competitiveness. Addressing delegates at the yearly Manufacturing Indaba, in Kempton Park, sector development agency GreenCape CEO... 

Nuclear energy continuing to grow worldwide 

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2017 Last year saw the largest annual increase in nuclear energy capacity, worldwide, in more than 25 years, the World Nuclear Association (WNA) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity that came on line totalled 9 GWe and 2016 was the fourth year in a row in which global nuclear generation increased.... 

Nuclear energy continuing to grow worldwide
Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association

Eskom rolls out new smart meter technology to fight electricity theft

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 With South Africa losing R20-billion a year to electricity theft, State-owned power utility Eskom is deploying new technologies in a bid to mitigate theft-related losses. Addressing media during a tour of Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Eskom anti-electricity... 

‘Significant implications’ for design of African power markets as renewables prices fall

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2017 Recent renewable energy price reductions, together with sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) formidable solar and wind resources, have made solar and wind technologies the cheapest sources of power in several countries, which carries significant implications, a newly published academic paper argues, for... 

‘Significant implications’ for design of African power markets as renewables prices fall

Eskom refuses to provide information on Tegeta claim settlement – AfriBusiness 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness will consult with its legal team to determine the way forward after State-owned Eskom reportedly refused to provide it with information on the R2-billion fine imposed on Tegeta Resources’ Optimum coal mine. Following a period of arbitration, Eskom and Tegeta... 

If Koko returns, it won’t be as acting CEO, Brown avers, as she unveils interim board

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on the new interim leadership of embattled power utility Eskom to give priority attention to addressing the management of contracts, conflicts of interest and the quality of coal being supplied to its power stations. Speaking following the Eskom... 

If Koko returns, it won’t be as acting CEO, Brown avers, as she unveils interim board
Photo by Duane Daws
Zethembe Khoza, Lynne Brown, Ben Martins and Johnny Dladla

Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced on Friday. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee meeting... 

Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Bismark Tyobeka

AI expected to be key disrupter in transition to smart-city status

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 According to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), about 54.5% of the global population is living in urban areas, which is expected to increase to about 70% in the next 35 years. As such, the US-based investment service provider highlights that urbanisation and smart cities, as well... 

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa
ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell discusses the background, aims and offering of the ITH group. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Leading lighting solutions company Beka Schrèder is succeeding in adapting to rapidly changing lighting technology, in its manufacturing process, while maintaining focus on cost benefits for consumers. Beka Schrèder product development manager Daniel Kasper says the company prioritises cost... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology
Caption: HIGHMAST LIGHTING Beka Schrèder completed a highmast lighting project on the N3 national route connecting Johannesburg and Durban

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities
TOM RAFTERY Utilities will be completely changed in ten years’ time

Dladla appointed acting Eskom CEO ahead of closely watched AGM 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2017 The board at State-owned power utility Eskom announced on Thursday that Johnny Dladla had been appointed acting group CEO with immediate effect. The position of CEO and acting CEO has been vacant since late May, when a decision was made to rescind the highly controversial reappointment of Brian... 

Dladla appointed acting Eskom CEO ahead of closely watched AGM
Johnny Dladla

Mitsubishi Hitachi, Sumitomo ink ¥38bn power plant deal with Tunisian company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Sumitomo Corporation have secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz (Steg) for the construction of a ¥38-billion, 450 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Rades,... 

City Power again urges citizens to report meters that have been tampered with

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 The window of opportunity for Johannesburg residents to register an electricity meter that has been tampered with will close on June 30, City Power warned on Wednesday. The Johannesburg-based power utility urged customers who have such meters to register these at its head office, or at their... 

MPs to include State capture in Molefe probe

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday resolved to devote August to an in-depth probe of the circumstances surrounding Brian Molefe’s re-appointment to the helm of Eskom, including allegations of the Gupta family’s hold on the power utility. “The committee agrees that... 

Sarec disappointed by govt task team’s report to Parliament on renewables impasse

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) said the Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom had failed to provide any certainty for renewables investors when reporting to Parliament, on Tuesday. An intergovernmental task team, comprising representatives of the DoE, the Independent Power... 

Sarec disappointed by govt task team’s report to Parliament on renewables impasse

Nuclear power increasingly replacing traditional sources of power generation – Kemm 

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2017 The world is entering a new phase of energy development and nuclear-powered electricity generation has a key role to play in phasing out carbon-based energy generation, nuclear physicist and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm said during a plenary discussion at... 

Brown accused of exaggerating renewable energy prices 

By: African News Agency      20th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the Department of Energy were accused on Tuesday of exaggerating the price of renewable energy to win public support for Eskom’s contested nuclear expansion programme. Brown told Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy the actual current cost of... 

Brown accused of exaggerating renewable energy prices

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development 

By: Dylan Slater     19th June 2017 Rusatom Overseas, a division of Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom, on Monday signed a project development agreement (PDA) with Zambia, paving the way for a preliminary feasibility study into the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant. The signing took place during the yearly... 

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development
Zambia Ministry of Higher Education permanent secretary Owen Mugemezulu and Rusatom Overseas president Evgeny Pakermanov

Lemur outlines benefits of proposed Madagascar coal project

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources expects its proposed integrated coal-fired power project in south-western Madagascar to contribute some $30-million a year to the country's economy. Further, the proposed project is exepcted to inject some $300-million of foreign direct... 

Companies Tribunal to hear case on SAA chair Dudu Myeni 

By: News24Wire      19th June 2017 The Companies Tribunal is on Monday set to hold a hearing on whether Dudu Myeni acted in a delinquent manner in her capacity as director of the South African Airways (SAA) board. In March, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the South African Airways Pilots Association had initially... 

Companies Tribunal to hear case on SAA chair Dudu Myeni
Photo by Duane Daws
SAA Chair Dudu Myeni

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Wind energy continues to grow as installed capacity reaches 500 GW

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Wind energy has become a major driver for a sustainable energy future and, with over 500 GW of capacity installed worldwide, it is a leading source of new power generation globally. In 2016, $112.5-billion was invested in wind power globally, and the industry now employs 1.2-million people,... 

Eskom confirms tariff application, says necessary for financial sustainability 

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 Eskom should achieve financial sustainability in seven years, but that was conditional on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) agreeing to tariff increases of some 20%, the utility’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday. “We believe we should be able to navigate Eskom to the... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 With ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service cutting State power utility Eskom’s credit to two notches below investment grade on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk expressed his concern about the downgrade’s impact on the local steel industry. Addressing delegates at a... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Wim de Klerk

South Africa should be proud of wind energy achievements 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 South Africa has, in three years, become the largest wind power producer on the continent, generating 1.4 GW of electricity from 600 wind turbines.  On the eve of Global Wind Day, South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) CEO Brenda Martin said the industry should be proud, not only... 

South Africa should be proud of wind energy achievements

Eskom issues fresh threat of disconnection to defaulting municipalities

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 About half of the country’s munipalities who entered into agreement with Eskom to pay off their electricity arrears are defaulting and will again face the threat of disconnection, the power utility’s chief financial officer told Parliament on Wednesday. “The current status is that out of 62, 31... 

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