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Jan 05, 2016
Eskom has confirmed the sale of electricity to Zimbabwe but denied that the power supply agreement with its Zimbabwean counterpart the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) is secret. Eskom said the deal is part of an arrangement among southern African power...
Dec 11, 2015
On a number of fronts, 2015 has been a year of own goals and missed opportunities for South Africa. No economic own goal was more high profile than the visa debacle, where the road to tourism hell was paved by seemingly good child-protection intentions. Maddeningly,...
Dec 01, 2015
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown reported on Tuesday that far-reaching interMinisterial committee (IMC) discussions were advancing on how best to reform South Africa’s State-owned companies (SoCs), many of which were currently underperforming. There are around...
Nov 19, 2015
Barry MacColl
A senior Eskom official has made the case for the utility playing a more active role in deployment of large- and small-scale renewable-energy solutions in South Africa, suggesting that previous arguments against its participation in the sector were becoming less...
Sep 15, 2015
The increasing decentralisation of electricity generation capacity in South Africa will require a new approach to grid planning that is underpinned by the development of six major power corridors linking the primary load centres in the centre of the country and along...
Sep 15, 2015
South Africa would realise a far greater return on its energy investments were it to introduce a “smarter”, more flexible electricity grid that incorporated an appropriate transmission and distribution network, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researcher Steve...
Sep 01, 2015
South Africa’s growing energy crisis should be addressed through a well thought-through and phased programme that included economically feasible renewable-energy alternatives, nuclear energy and traditional fossil fuel-based sources, multidisciplinary engineering and...
Aug 25, 2015
South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 1.3% quarter-on-quarter in the quarter ended June 30. “The real economy has not performed that well, including construction, which has always been one of the main job creators,” Statistics South Africa...
Aug 07, 2015
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Jul 03, 2015
IMPORTANT DEBATE Renewable-energy storage is a pressing issue in Africa
Renewable alternative energy solutions promoter the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA) will chair a debate on renewable-energy storage at this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event, to be held from July 15 to 17 at the Cape Town International...
Jun 11, 2015
Better management of the power distribution network and harnessing of smart grid technology could deliver faster, more cost-effective solutions to the power crisis than building new power plants, say power sector experts. Speaking ahead of the DistribuTECH Africa...
May 21, 2015
May 01, 2015
A number of interesting developments have taken place in the electricity sector over the past few weeks that could have major long-term implications. Undoubtedly the most high profile of these was the decision by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to lean on the...
Apr 16, 2015
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), reporting that she will be seeking the concurrence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa...
Mar 11, 2015
The Australian Aluminium Council has called on the federal government to resolve uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The call comes after federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt reportedly said that an agreement was “very close” with the clean...
Feb 19, 2015
Global Electricity Initiative executive chairperson Philippe Joubert
Executive chairperson of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) Philippe Joubert says energy utilities globally, together with the business community more generally, have come to terms with the science of climate change, particularly as extreme weather events begin...
Jan 23, 2015
Government recently announced a five-point stabilisation plan to address the country's electricity crisis and the establishment of a technical implementation 'war room' on the crisis, housed at State-owned power utility Eskom. What is encouraging is the propensity of...
Dec 12, 2014
Notwithstanding the vitriol against government, generally, and power utility, specifically, on Carte Blanche, the current electricity crisis is an opportunity for us to prove to ourselves first, before proving to the world, that we can pull ourselves out of a crisis...
Dec 09, 2014
Eskom is still preparing an input for the Cabinet subcommittee set up to deal with the issue of energy security, but CEO Tshediso Matona revealed this week that the document will call for the stabilisation of the utility to be prioritised ahead of any restructuring...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the coming two years are likely to be “challenging” for South Africa as government moves to rebuild the fiscal space that has been exhausted through actions taken to stimulate the economy following the global economic crisis. But...
Nov 21, 2014
Energy group Shell confirmed on Wednesday that the company had received notification from the Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) that its applications for three exploration rights in the Karoo, which had been submitted in 2009, were being processed. But Shell South...
Nov 21, 2014
Given the prevailing uncertainty about Eskom's ability to keep the lights, it came as something of a relief to hear that the bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme is set to begin shortly and that...
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the coming two years are likely to be “challenging” for South Africa as government moves to rebuild the fiscal space that has been exhausted through actions taken to stimulate the economy following the global economic crisis. But...
Nov 07, 2014
National Treasury senior project advisor Karen Breytenbach
The bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme is expected to begin this month, followed by a bidding process in early 2015 for cogeneration. Speaking at a South African National Energy Association...
Oct 27, 2014
The Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) has published an Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap for 2014 to 2025, which aims to implement sweeping structural reforms that would streamline project finance structures and liberalise the...
Oct 22, 2014
The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in...
Oct 17, 2014
The University of Cape Town's Professor Eberhad recently called for a commission of inquiry on what he regards as an electricity crisis that is currently prevalent in the country. The first challenge this call presents is whether there is adequate acknowledgement...
Sep 29, 2014
The number of people employed in the formal, nonagricultural sector of the South African economy increased by about 155 000 people, or 1.8%, from March to an estimated 8.67-million employees in June, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Employment...
 
 
 
 
Sep 17, 2014
In the world of energy in South Africa, it has very much been the winter of our discontent. Structural challenges laid increasingly bare in years past have grown to fault lines. Inertia is no longer an option: with the country’s sovereign credit rating hovering...
Sep 09, 2014
In the world of energy in South Africa, it has very much been the winter of our discontent. Structural challenges laid increasingly bare in years past have grown to fault lines. Inertia is no longer an option: with the country’s sovereign credit rating hovering...
Aug 29, 2014
To bolster its argument that renewable energy is critical to combating climate change, the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) has commissioned a series of reports that investigates the state of renewable energy in the country, focusing on how it can be...
Jun 06, 2014
Tina Joemat-Pettersson is going to have her hands full as South Africa’s new Energy Minister. There is much to do and very little time in which to do it. She will have to get her head around the portfolio incredibly fast so that critical decisions and actions can be...
Apr 18, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is seeking council in an attempt to mandate government to implement the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy, which had been adopted under Section 198 of the Constitution, FMF executive director Leon Louw said on Wednesday. During a...
Dec 13, 2013
The renewable-energy industry in South Africa is experiencing significant growth as a result of government initiatives, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and power analyst Joanita Roos. “The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer...
Nov 22, 2013
The introduction of a carbon tax and the rapid move to renewables will have a substantial negative impact on goods-producing sectors, namely mining, manufacturing and agriculture. These decisions will slow economic growth and reduce employment opportunities,...
Oct 16, 2013
The introduction of a carbon tax and the rapid move to renewables will have a substantial negative impact on goods producing sectors, namely mining, manufacturing and agriculture.  These decisions will slow economic growth and reduce employment opportunities,...
Sep 26, 2013
Tomorrow in Stockholm, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [1] will be releasing the first installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). This report focuses on the science of climate change and provides further proof that human activities, through...
 
 
 
 
Aug 30, 2013
In 1958, comedian Peter Sellars recorded a parody of a political speech in which the Politician said pretty much nothing: “My friends, in the light of present-day developments, let me say right away that I do not regard existing conditions lightly. On the contrary, I...
Jul 05, 2013
In South Africa, there is considerable ambiguity and debate about the implications of tax distortions in the economy and the tax interaction effects arising from the carbon tax. There have been attempts at modelling this and, depending on one's assumptions, the...
May 09, 2013
May 02, 2013
South African industry have until August 2 to comment on the carbon tax proposals tabled by the National Treasury on Thursday. The Treasury aimed to promulgate a phased-in tax rate of R120/t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), increasing 10% a year during the first...
Mar 28, 2013
The Portfolio Committee on Energy on Thursday said it had adopted the long-awaited Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill, but the process reaching this point had revealed the need for the restructuring of the electricity sector. The adoption of the...
 
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