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Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Game Changers

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 Without doubt, the problems at Eskom, together with the ongoing debate over nuclear, are making it extremely difficult for South Africans to pay proper attention to some of the game-changing shifts under way in global energy markets – ones that have real and far-reaching implications for this... 

Tax, spend, squander provide toxic backdrop for nuclear plans

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 On November 7, France ran out of money. Or, rather, France ran out of its own money; that is, it ran out of all the money the French State had gathered in taxes and other imposts. Between November 7 and December 31, the French State is running on borrowed money. This fascinating calculation was... 

Talking openly about selective application of local content requirements for valves

     24th November 2017 The Association of Valve Importers South Africa (AVISA) is a voluntary association of valve importers whose mission is to ensure that its members are treated in a fair and equitable manner by national, provincial or local spheres of government. AVISA supports local manufacturing in South Africa... 

Marcoule nuclear research site waste project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 The Atomic & Alternative Energies Commission is recovering and encapsulating low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste at the Marcoule nuclear research site.  

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and... 

Sudan's Bashir: we want to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he wanted to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia. Bashir was speaking before talks with Putin in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Thursday. 

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Two South Africans shortlisted for engineering innovation prize

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 Two young South Africans are among the 16 engineers hailing from seven countries in Africa, who have been chosen for the shortlist of the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. University of the Witwatersrand chemical engineering research fellow Collins Saguru has developed AltMet,... 

Indian oil firms shift focus to Israel from Iran amid changing geopolitics

By: Ajoy K Das     20th November 2017 Changing geopolitical alignments and receding investment prospects in Iran are prompting a consortium of Indian oil companies to push for domestic energy security through wider exploration and production projects in Israel and Latin American countries. With the $5-billion investment offer to... 

A little nuke never hurt nobody

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th November 2017 I recently told a group of people at a pub (a pub, can you believe?) that I thought Donald Trump was a "good idea".  There was the sort of silence that you get when the stage magician vanishes completely and then the sort of shouting that follows when Sandra Bullock asks who would like to go with... 

We have a demand problem, Minister

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2017 National Energy Regulator of South Africa and Eskom executives will naturally be relieved that hearings into the State-owned utility’s revenue application for 2018/19 have drawn to an end. However, it is somewhat of a pity that Energy Minister David Mahlobo did not have an opportunity to attend.... 

Eskom raised during Gigaba’s recent meeting with World Bank

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2017 South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba met with representatives of the World Bank earlier this month to discuss issues relating to Eskom Holdings. Gigaba met with the bank to discuss the financing of the State-owned power utility’s Medupi project, his spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said by... 

CSIR signals renewables-led electricity mix by 2050

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The CSIR Energy Centre has published updated research outcomes indicating that South Africa’s least-cost electricity mix, by 2050, includes predominantly solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind contributing nearly 80% of the country’s electrical energy. The research outcomes, which were released... 

Study urges Eskom to accelerate station decommissioning, curtail Kusile to shore up solvency

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2017 A new study argues that cash-strapped Eskom could make immediate costs savings of up to R17-billion and boost its liquidity, without undermining security of supply, by accelerating the decommissioning of three of its older coal-fired power stations and by halting construction of units 5 and 6 at... 

Solar to power ahead as it emerges as ‘cheapest’ source of generation

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 The World Energy Outlook 2017, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in London on Tuesday, presents a base case scenario that foresees the world’s growing energy needs being met increasingly by renewables and natural gas over the coming 25 years, as “coal strikes out” and nuclear’s... 

Environmental activists to appeal enviro authorisation for proposed new nuclear power station

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Greenpeace Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) have officially filed a notice informing the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) that they intend to jointly appeal the environmental authorisation for the... 

Inside the green economy

By: Saliem Fakir     10th November 2017 It is often assumed that the green economy only relates to a specific type of technology or shifts in energy demand. The notion of the green economy has been in existence in South Africa for a long time. Conceptually, the green economy notion gained prominence in South Africa after 2007 and many... 

Australian uranium hopefuls welcome Cameco production cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2017 Australia’s uranium hopefuls have welcomed a decision from uranium major Cameco to shutter its McArthur River mining and Key Lake milling operations, in Canada. Cameco this week announced its plans to remove some 10% of the current global uranium supply, on the back of continued uranium price... 

Uranium miner Cameco not planning more output cuts 'right now' – CEO

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 Canada's Cameco is not planning further cuts to uranium output "right now," but has the option of lowering production again without jeopardizing supply contracts, its chief executive said on Thursday. Cameco will suspend production for ten months at McArthur River, Saskatchewan - the world's... 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Nigeria, Russia sign nuclear agreements

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Nigeria has signed agreements with Russia covering the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant (NPP) and a nuclear research reactor and associated research facilities, Russia’s State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced. The two countries also signed a cooperation roadmap... 

Giant planet ‘comes to light’

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th November 2017 There is a saying that the universe may not only be stronger than we imagine, but also stronger than we can imagine. I imagine that many unimaginable things will come to light from far out in due course.  These concepts are all really ‘far out’. One has just ‘come to light’, so to speak. There is... 

Price weakness prompts Cameco to shutter world highest-grade mine, Key Lake mill

By: Henry Lazenby     9th November 2017 Cameco fingered sustained uranium price weakness as being behind its decision to shutter the McArthur River mining and Key Lake milling operations, in Northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, Canada’s largest producer of the nuclear fuel announced on Wednesday. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based... 

UK's Johnson to visit Washington for Iran nuclear deal talks

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2017 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will fly to Washington in an attempt to persuade the US not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, as he battles to save his own job in London. Johnson will meet senior Republicans and Democrats to discuss the importance of the nuclear security agreement, amid... 

Zuma remains committed to nuclear project and Russia

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 Those who do not support South Africa's nuclear project are backing western agendas, President Jacob Zuma said during his Oliver Tambo centenary address in Kagiso, Johannesburg on Sunday. Zuma went into detail explaining the ANC’s relationship with Russia and why the government was pursuing its... 

US energy research body aims to increase African impact with focus on energy poverty

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2017 Leading US public interest energy and environmental research organisation the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is aiming to increase its relevance and impact in Africa by integrating the problem of energy poverty into its portfolio of research activities. Senior regional manager Barry... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Flexible Modular Laboratory, Austria

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The laboratory is part of a wider project called ReNual and ReNual+ to renovate and modernise all the International Atomic Energy Agency’s eight laboratories in Seibersdorf. 

New nuclear plants still on the cards – Zuma 

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 A nuclear deal for South Africa is still on the table, President Jacob Zuma told Members of Parliament on Thursday, despite Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) saying the country could not afford it at the moment. During his question-and-answer... 

Political environment stifling investment, radical economic growth needed – Phosa

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2017 South Africa’s current unstable political environment has a massive influence on the economy, African National Congress presidential candidate Mathews Phosa said on Thursday. Speaking at the SBi Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Indaba, in Johannesburg, he stated that the country’s... 

Saudi Arabia to extract uranium for 'self-sufficient' nuclear programme

By: Reuters     1st November 2017 Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards “self-sufficiency” in producing atomic fuel, a senior official said on Monday. Extracting its own uranium also makes sense from an economic point of view, said Hashim bin... 

France's EDF would bid in South African nuclear tender

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 French utility EDF would bid in a South African nuclear tender if the country went ahead with plans to expand its nuclear power industry, an EDF executive said on Tuesday. South Africa is planning to build several new nuclear reactors with combined capacity of 9 600 MW. The state's nuclear agency... 

No contradiction in nuclear deal statements – Gigaba

By: African News Agency      31st October 2017 There were no contradictions in statements made by Treasury and energy minister David Mahlobo regarding the country’s contentious nuclear procurement deal, according to finance minister Malusi Gigaba, speaking at a business breakfast in Umhlanga on Tuesday morning, just a week after tabling his... 

South Africa nuclear regulator says expects plant site licence in June

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 South Africa's nuclear regulator said on Tuesday that an installation site licence would likely be granted in June for a nuclear power plant that the finance minister has said Africa's most advanced economy cannot afford. South Africa's nuclear plans are shrouded in controversy and uncertainty,... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

     27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

Going fission?

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2017 We know for certain what President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle was not. It was not about South Africa, or about good governance. It was not about doing what is necessary to place the economy back on a growth trajectory. It was not about dealing with the triple scourge of poverty,... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reactions, with many organisations calling out its lack of attention to detail. Gigaba MTBPS was delayed by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who objected to him delivering the budget on the basis... 

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