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Exporting our birthright II

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2001 Last week I wrote about how Eskom is selling of power generated in this country, using our non-renewable reserves, to organisations (specifically Mozal, in Mozambique) so that they can make a profit. I wrote how this seemed of very little benefit to this fair land. 

Flying high with perception

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st August 2001 Statistics and risk is a highly complex mathematical subject but, unfortunately, it is often distorted by people who think that they are statisticians, because they can add three numbers and divide by three. 

Awareness key to fighting energy waste

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 The Canadian-funded Southern African Development Community Industrial Energy Management Project (SIEMP) has identified lack of awareness as the main barrier to industrial energy efficiency in Southern Africa. 

Wind-farm, Western Cape

29th August 2001 State utility Eskom has requested expressions of interest from companies which wish to partner it in one of South Africa's first wind-farm projects. 

Kudos for M'bique aluminium project

24th August 2001 The 253 000 t/y Mozal I aluminium smelter, on the outskirts of Maputo, in Mozambique, has won the Project Management Institute of South Africa's (PMISA's) Project Management Excellence Award for 2001. 

Ghana leads in energy efficiency

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2001 Ghana, best known as the first sub-Saharan African country to extricate itself from the shackles of colonialism, has scored another African first in a field the continent can ill-afford to ignore – energy efficiency. 

Keith Lennox, Energy Measurements

24th August 2001 Keith Lennox Energy Measurements Leader of 200 

The benefits of efficient energy use highlighted

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2001 A two-day seminar on energy efficiency, held in Cape Town this month by the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), heard how the efficient use of energy can help save money and increase shareholder value, contribute to sustainable development and aid in the global effort to... 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, US? 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, in the US? 

Smokeless fuel project for Africa

23rd August 2001 An official of Royal Dutch/Shell has reported that the company is studying the possibility of making a smokeless energy brick for cooking in African villages to reduce firewood consumption. 

Mineworkers, women take big position in energy major

22nd August 2001 The Mineworkers’ Investment Company (MIC) and WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH) are to take an equity stake in BP’s South African operations giving them an immediate three seats on the board of BP Southern Africa and 25% shareholder voting rights. 

Energy efficiency ideas rewarded

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom is recognising innovative ideas in the field of electricity efficiency through the eta awards. 

SA utility bids Uganda hydropower contract

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom’s unregulated arm, Eskom Enterprises, and five other companies which are eyeing the build-own-operate (BOO) contract for two mini hydro-electric power stations in north-western Uganda will be asked to submit technical bids within the next three months, Uganda... 

SA in Malawi power management

10th August 2001 MALAWI - The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has awarded Eskom Enterprises a two-year management-support contract. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

There's power in wave power

20th July 2001 Eskom shouldn’t build experimental wind farms, build some real working ones! 

Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Jacob Maroga, Eskom Distribution

6th July 2001 Jacob Maroga Eskom Distribution Leader of 15 424 

Hendrina moves to reduce pollution

6th July 2001 Power utility Eskom has embarked on the second phase of the Hendrina power station particulate emission retrofit programme as part of the national utility’s commitment towards cleaner thermal power. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

New application for ‘solar hose’

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 A South African solar water heating company hopes to win a half-a-million rand contract in a neighbouring country for an old product that is proving valuable in a new application. 

Seven distributor options for large energy users

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Large energy consumers will be able to choose from a group of seven distributors, including Eskom’s retailing arm, as the electricity distribution industry is restructured over the next few years. 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

Small power goes big

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Developments to Watch 

Renewable energy advocates unite

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The renewable energy industry is set to get one voice, following the launch of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Council of Southern Africa this month. 

When the Reds revolution comes

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

SA-Russian project pact

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The engineering consultancy subsidiary of Eskom Enterprises, TSI, is jointly exploring global opportunities with Russian industrial group Energomash. 

World lessons as SA embarks on energy sector reformation

By: System Author     12th May 2000 While South Africa’s energy sector prepares for a significant shake-up, it is comforting to know that the country is not the first to be dealing with transformation of this environment. 

Yet another autocat spin-off

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Japanese company NGK Insulators is considering a ‘substantial investment’ to install and operate a ceramics shuttle kiln at Airport Industria in the Western Cape. 

Domestic market has most potential

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas manufacture, distribution, supply and servicing 

State power utility demonstrates that it is up to Y2K challenge

By: System Author     19th November 1999 As the new millennium looms ever nearer, State power utility Eskom has announced that it has completed the necessary testing to ensure its Y2K compliance. 

Big power deal on the boil for renamed giant

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Steinm 

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