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First Quantum evaluating alternative power options for Zambia mines

By: Samantha Herbst     26th January 2016 Providing an update on power supply to its Zambian operations, dual-listed base metals miner First Quantum Minerals noted on Tuesday that its Kansanshi mine and smelter, as well as its Sentinel project, in the North-Western province, were being consistently provided with a total of about 285 MW,... 

SA GDP growth slows to 1.3% in Q1

By: Natalie Greve     26th May 2015 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has slowed from 4.1% in the last quarter of 2014 to 1.3% in the first quarter of this year, weighed down by a contracting manufacturing sector, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) revealed in its quarterly GDP update on Tuesday. The marginal... 

Rooftop solar is the way forward – power management company

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.  

Electricity disruptions threaten manufacturing output – Seifsa

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2015 South Africa is on its way to shedding 23% of production in the metals and engineering sector should the nation’s electricity woes not be resolved. The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) this week reiterated its warning on the impact of load shedding and... 

Planned ISMO unlikely to be panacea for power sector’s woes

By: Saliem Fakir     29th June 2012 The proposal to introduce an independent system and market operator (ISMO) into South Africa’s power generation sector seems to have found favour with government. However, it remains to be seen whether an ISMO would help in resolving the country’s electricity woes by encouraging and benefiting... 

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