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No, we can’t run the country on solar or wind 

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th May 2017 I happened to pick up a South African magazine with this glaring headline: “One solar plant powers 30 000 homes.”  I then read the story. So, let us look at this. Firstly, let me say that I am not antisolar or antiwind. Contrary to claims made by others, I am not against these renewable options... 

R300bn-a-year climate change war chest could electrify all of Africa

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st October 2016 The joke goes like this: a Frenchman and a German meet in a bar just after the end of the Second World War. Initially a bit wary, they start talking after a while. They have both just been discharged from their respective armies. They discuss what they are going to do when they get home. “Oh,”... 

Molefe urges municipalities to move to prepaid electricity meters

By: Kim Cloete     1st September 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says municipalities that have electricity arrears, should enter into an agreement to allow Eskom to install prepaid meters for customers. He also anticipates a complete move to prepaid meters in the long term. “[In the] long-term, South Africa should move to prepaid... 

Refurbished Cape Town community residential unit shines at Govan Mbeki Awards

By: David Oliveira     30th October 2015 The community residential unit (CRU) refurbishment project in Kewtown, Cape Town, took first place in the Best Community Residential Unit project category at the Govan Mbeki Awards, which were held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in August. The Govan Mbeki Awards, first held in... 

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis

By: Dylan Slater     6th March 2015 If a third of all South African households implemented renewable-energy power solutions, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines, State-owned power utility Eskom’s current capacity issues could be alleviated, says Port Elizabeth-based alternative power solutions company Kestrel... 

We need innovative response to load-shedding

By: Sisa Njikelana     27th February 2015 Mining company Sibanye Gold is turning methane gas – a toxic waste – into an additional 2 MW of electricity at its Beatrix gold mine, in the Free State. This is completely free electricity from methane gas that has been captured and brought to surface from depths of more than 800 m. This is a... 

Up on a soapbox

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th August 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 have always regarded them as... 

Angola sugar manufacturing project under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting engineering company Bosch Projects is undertaking the largest greenfield sugar project in Angola. Bosch Projects signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation on April 24 to undertake this project, which entails the design of a sugar and... 


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