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Eskom to waive Soweto users’ debt, on condition

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 Eskom will waive Soweto residents’ debt repayments as an incentive to convert to prepaid meters, it was revealed  in a written reply in Parliament by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Wednesday. The DPE was responding to a question by Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone, who asked... 

Ekurhuleni to spend over R100m to prevent power outages

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 The City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng is set to spend over R100-million to stabilise power supply in Germiston, this after weeks of prolonged power outages in the area. In a statement from the City, it admitted that Germiston had for the past few months experienced intermittent power failures due to... 

POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

Offgrid tech has bigger role to play in African electrification – PwC 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd May 2016 With two-thirds of the world’s population likely to still be without electricity by 2030 – despite the newly agreed post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to energy – a new approach is needed that better recognises the role offgrid technology can play, a new PwC report... 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Smart technology in your home

     20th May 2016 The age of fast-evolving technology has many buyers, especially millennials, demanding state-of-the-art technologies in their homes. So where does that leave the cash-strapped property owner who wants to sell their home to the broadest possible market?   Many sellers believe that the addition of... 

By-laws can stifle township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     20th May 2016 During his State of the City address a few days ago, Johannesburg mayor Councillor Parks Tau was at pains to point out the strides the city has made in improving the lives of especially the poor who reside within the perimeters of the Johannesburg metro. As I have stated in this column over the... 

City Power outlines efforts to eradicate fraud and corruption

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th May 2016 City Power plans to strengthen its corruption-busting initiatives as the utility realigns its operations with its revised business mandate. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg earlier this month, City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane noted that the multipronged anticorruption... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The Democratic Republic of Congo government will decide on either a Chinese or Spanish consortium to develop the long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric project by October this year. 

Huaneng Rudong offshore wind farm project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The wind farm is expected to generate 746-million kilowatt hours of electricity a year.  

Legislation impacts on energy efficient motors industry uptake

By: Sebastian Whyle     20th May 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group says the uptake of new efficiency-increasing technology in the local electric motor manufacturing sector has been slow, owing to the lack of regulation and legislation. 

Johannesburg’s City Power among big winners at African Utility Week awards

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 Johannesburg’s City Power has scooped the award for Africa’s Power Utility of the Year, while the George Airport solar plant and Sierra Leone’s Kandeh Yumkella of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative also won awards. Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Corporation won the coveted Water... 

Wind energy saved Eskom R300m, Sawea tells Molefe 

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 The  South Africa Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is striking back at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who commented this week that renewables have “failed” the State power utility by not providing the necessary power to avoid load-shedding at the right time of day. In a statement released on Thursday,... 

Zimbabwe cement producers seek tariffs on imports

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Zimbabwe's cement producers want the government to impose tariffs on imports, including from Nigeria's Dangote Cement, saying this would prevent the collapse of the local industry and save jobs. The southern African nation has three cement manufacturers, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, Pretoria Portland... 

Makro Carnival going green

     19th May 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. 

Local company Conlog celebrates five decades in business

     19th May 2016 South African prepayment electricity meter specialist, Conlog, has celebrated 50-years in business.  During the last five decades, the Durban-based business, which today is part of Schneider Electric, has founded groundbreaking technology, and made notable advancements in both the leadership... 

New generation of BMS delivers knowledge and control

     19th May 2016 Today, building owners and facility managers are using Building Management Systems in ways that could only be dreamed of in the past, and the demand for the technology is poised for growth. In fact, the global commercial BMS market is predicted to double between 2013 and 2021, according to a... 

CoM reveals half of mining companies are lossmaking; re-elects Teke as president

By: Ilan Solomons     18th May 2016 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter on Wednesday said the chamber’s members had experienced progressively weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and some regulatory issues that challenged their ability to sustain operations and to maintain employment levels.... 

Eskom taken to task for its pricing structure 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 Independent energy adviser Ted Blom has lambasted Eskom for its pricing structure, saying it does not work to have cost-reflective prices in a monopoly. He told delegates at the African Utility Week that using the pricing system to justify very sharp price increases was hurting the South African... 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Zimbabwe's Q1 gold, platinum production picks up – chamber of mines

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 Zimbabwe's mining production rose in the first quarter of 2016, with gold production up to 5 t from 4 t in the previous year after electricity supply stabilised, the Chamber of Mines said on Tuesday. While production was likely to rise in the remainder of the year, risks to the sector remained,... 

South African executives delaying investment decisions – Grant Thornton

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 Nearly two-thirds of South African business executives are delaying their investment decisions, while almost half are considering investing offshore, owing to uncertainty regarding the future political direction of the country. These were the findings of the latest Grant Thornton International... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

Pia Solar

     13th May 2016 From humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape five years ago, PiA Solar – a designer, manufacturer and installer of mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – has grown into a major African structures supplier, with over 460 MW supplied and/or installed to date. The full range of... 

Computer technology doing youngsters a major disservice

     13th May 2016 The other day I phoned my friend. “How are you doing?“ I asked. “Fine,” she said, but sounded a bit strained. I asked her if she was okay. She said fine, fine. She said she was a bit distracted since she was playing the game Black Ops 2 with her 11-year-old son. He was winning. He had shot her 18... 

De Aar solar farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The De Aar solar farms will provide between 75 000 and 100 000 South African homes with electricity. 

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat to zero harm mandate

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 The increase in the number of informal settlements in the Western Cape has led to an increase in  unsafe electricity connections. This plus the ability of higher income areas to pay electricians to by-pass Eskom meters,  impinges on State-owned power utility Eskom’s zero harm initiative. “The... 

Industries benefit from high-pressure steam valves supply

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Mpumalanga-based valve suppliers Bilfinger Intervalve Africa, a subsidiary of Bilfinger Power Africa based in Rivonia, is supplying high-pressure (HP) steam valves to the power, and petrochemicals industry and becoming more active in supplying the mining industry. 

Upper Trishuli-1 hydropower project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The project involves the development, construction and operation of a 216 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Trishuli river, in Nepal 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

Sierra Leone solar push aims to bring electricity to all by 2025

By: Reuters     12th May 2016 Sierra Leone aims to provide electricity to all of its six-million citizens by 2025 in a push to boost the economy, expand crucial services such as healthcare, and reduce dependency on aid, officials said on Wednesday. Less than 12% of people in Sierra Leone's cities have access to electricity,... 

Gas can play a bigger role in South Africa’s energy mix

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Gas-powered electricity generation will play a bigger, more important role in lighting up South Africa in terms of efficiencies, costs and baseload energy than the renewable energy programme that is under way, Econometrix MD Rob Jeffrey suggested on Wednesday. Discussing the role of gas in the... 

Congo to select developer for Inga 3 hydropower plant by October 

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo will decide by October between a Chinese and Spanish consortium to develop the long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric project with construction expected to begin the following June, a government official said on Tuesday. The $12-billion project along the Congo River will... 

Enbridge turns to renewable energy with French offshore wind acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 Canadian oil and gas infrastructure giant Enbridge has agreed to buy a 50% interest in French offshore wind development company Éolien Maritime France (EMF), for C$282-million. NYSE- and TSX-listed Enbridge would co-own the company with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of Électricité... 

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